Praise Bee is a new charity set up in conjunction with the Church of England and other denominations for the express purpose of multiplying up the mason bee across the UK.
In 2013, Viv Marsh and his team released nearly 500 bees across the Borough of Shrewsbury, after nearly 10 years' research of these bees in the wild. These were dispersed to various locations in Shrewsbury and the surrounding area and resulted in 914 pupae to distribute in spring 2014.
The research programme is running alongside the current DEFRA UK bee study and next year Viv will be joined by four post-graduate students from Harper Adams and Bristol University.
Photo: Viv Marsh with Owen Paterson MP