A DAY of wildlife-related activities, designed to celebrate the importance and fascination of bees, is taking place in Wimborne.

Beautiful Bees and Glorious Gardens is being held at Knoll Gardens from 10am to 4pm on August 16 when visitors can join a bee walk with Jane Adams, founder of the national Garden Bioblitz, meet up with bee monitor and naturalist Dr Richard Comont of the Bumblebee Conservation Trust, and join in bee-related activities including making bee houses and beeswax candles.

The East Dorset Beekeepers’ Association will be displaying a virtual hive and selling local honey so the public can find out how honey is made and there will also be the opportunity to discover the best plants to attract and feed bees in your own garden.

Run by the Knoll Gardens Foundation, the event also aims to teach people the difference between a mason bee and a tree bee, and a cuckoo bumblebee from a honeybee.

Knoll’s owner Neil Lucas said: “The Knoll Gardens Foundation is all about promoting the sustainable gardening practices we use here at Knoll to help others support wildlife in their own gardens.

“Through our research and education programmes we aim to show how easy it can be to attract and retain wildlife – and have a beautiful garden at the same time.”

For more information on the Knoll Gardens Foundation visit knollgardensfoundation.org