'BEES' and 'flowers' danced throughout Worcester city centre on Saturday before being sprayed with 'insecticide'.

Extinction Rebellion Worcester took to the city centre to surprise shoppers with a performance piece with a serious message.

Members of the group were dressed as bees and flowers and happily danced around Cathedral Square and High Street before being sprayed with a huge can of fake insecticide.

They danced to 'Bee Song' by Arthur Askey, before being sprayed and collapsing on the ground.

READ MORE: Dazzling Hallow home with pool on Zoopla for £2,650,000

Cathy Groves, campaigner for Extinction Rebellion Worcester, said “Bees and other insects are dying at a shocking rate and we’re basically saying if we have no insects, we have no food.

“The serious message from today is that we have lost 60 per cent of our flying insects in the past 20 years. 

"This is because of pesticides and other chemicals, harmful ways of farming, loss of natural land and climate change.

The group also gave away handmade gifts as well as ‘seed bombs' to make it easy to plant wildflowers, as well as information on how to make a difference.

The campaigner said: “There are lots of actions we can all take.

"You can join an organisation that is working to stop this nature crisis, such as Worcestershire Wildlife Trust, Greenpeace or the RSPB.

"The nature groups have come together with a plan called ‘Nature 2030’ that demands political parties make a manifesto commitment to their five-point plan for nature in time for the next general election”.

“We can all make a difference by taking simple steps like not using garden pesticides and weedkillers while planting wildflowers and leaving areas to grow wild. There is lots of advice available on growing plants organically to support nature."

READ MORE: Ages for children to use TikTok, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and more

She called on the government to help protect nature in the UK.

The campaigner said: "Much of our soil is unhealthy and getting worse for growing crops. We need to bring life back to our soil by looking after the small creatures that make it healthy.

"We also need a thriving natural world for our mental health and wellbeing. People need access to nature from wherever they live. And in the end, we all love bees."