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.
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…