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Maria Fremlin to feature in BBC show Britain’s Big Wildlife Revival
10:00am Friday 30th August 2013 in News
A beetle expert from Colchester will feature in a new BBC show about wildlife in the UK.
Maria Fremlin, 68, of Ireton Road, Colchester, will share her knowledge of stag beetles during Sunday’s episode of Britain’s Big Wildlife Revival.
The mother-of-two has dedicated part of her garden to the creatures, leaving rotting stumps for them to live in.
She said: “When we moved here 30 years ago they were already in the garden.
“The beetles have been in the area for a long time.
“I’m a person who always recycles a lot of organic matter and stag beetles took to that because they are decomposers.
“In this area, if you cut a tree you should leave the stump and the beetles will remove it for you.”
Maria first became interested in the creatures after she took them to her children’s school to show their classmates.
She said: “Small children are fascinated with stag beetles.
“When I showed the children at school they had some interesting questions regarding their mysterious life cycle.
“This was rather stimulating as I had to find the answers to some of them by myself. I got more and more involved as time went on.
“I’m still trying to find the answers to some questions.”
During the programme Maria talks to presenter George McGavin about how people can encourage beetles to come to their garden.
She said: “George was great fun – he had a good sense of humour. He was very well informed.
“I was talking about the things I have done in my garden and some of my research.
“The team worked very hard. They had researched the subject very carefully.”
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