In the last 80 years our bumblebee populations have crashed. Two species have become nationally extinct and several others have declined dramatically. Bumblebees are familiar and much-loved insects who pollinate our crops and wildflowers, so people are rightly worried.

These are the opening words on the Bee Conservation website, and they are sobering words indeed. We are all aware of the crisis our bee population is in, and the work of this trust and other ‘bee friendly’ organisations is critical to their, and our, survival.

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How bee friendly is your garden?

 

The Bee Conservation Trust has a vision for a different future in which our communities and countryside are rich in bumblebees and colourful flowers, supporting a diversity of wildlife and habitats for everyone to enjoy.

Bee Friendly Gardens

As a gardener who loves flowers I have been trying to do my bit as well, and thought I’d share some tips on how to become more bee friendly too!

1. Ensure you plant flowers which are rich in pollen from early spring right through to late summer.

2. Opt for flowers which are generally open in shape and style so the pollen is quickly and easily accessible.

3. Avoid pesticides and ‘bug killers’ as these can harm bees, even if it wasn’t your intention to do so.

4. Spread the word – share this post, your ideas and maybe even plant seeds and cuttings with those around you locally!

Your local garden centre will be able to help you, and I have started to use the #beefriendly hashtag on my flower pictures on my Instagram feed too! The Bee Conservation website also has a super Bumble Kids section you might want to explore…

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4 Comments

  • Zoe - floral and feather
    Posted 31st May 2015 10:21 am 0Likes

    There are some interesting flowers on that list – I never knew snowdrops were good for bees! Our garden has quite a few of those, I’ve also just brought some foxgloves to plant, which I’m sure are good for bees too.

  • june
    Posted 31st May 2015 5:14 pm 0Likes

    Hi Carol!

    I agree that those of us who garden should be aware of this bee population problem and do our bit to attract bees in the garden – they are amazing insects to watch as they flit in and out of flowers. I enjoy attracting them as well as other wildlife such as birds and squirrels.

  • Carol
    Posted 31st May 2015 8:12 pm 0Likes

    I was surprised by the snowdrops too Zoe! Not as rich in pollen as some of the more obvious flowers – I think their importance lies in the fact they are early flowering plants and this is crucial to the bee population who need pollen from early spring to late summer.

  • Carol
    Posted 31st May 2015 8:14 pm 0Likes

    I’m the same June, love the birds and our slightly mischievous squirrels too!

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