What can I do
for the Bees?
We are all aware of the declining population of pollinators, which includes, bees of all types, wasps, flies, butterflies, moths and other fauna. Planting pollinator friendly plants is something we can all do, even if it is a window box or balcony. Broadly speaking, old fashioned and simple flowers, rather than multi-floral types are often the best.
Many of the ornamental plants commonly found in gardens, such as pansies and begonias are of no value to wildlife. Years of cultivation for blooms means they produce little or no pollen and nectar. British gardens cover more than 1 million acres and can be a lifeline for pollinators. No matter how small your garden, you can contribute to the efforts to save pollinators.
Consider leaving part of your garden as a wild area and leaving some of the lawn area to grow. Plant crocus and snowdrop for early pollen and nectar and leave ivy to flower to extend the season into Autumn. Stop using pesticides and herbicides in your garden and go peat free to stop habitat destruction.
You can also help by supporting the work of conservation groups and by raising public awareness. If you have land contact your local beekeeping group to offer it as an apiary site.
Further information can be found at: https://www.bbka.org.uk/gardening-for-bees
List of bee friendly plants:
Comfrey, yellow archangel, white deadnettle, red deadnettle, sages, thymes, marjoram, rosemary, lavenders, lambs’ ears, skull caps, bugles, geraniums, snapdragons, toad flaxes, sweet pea, buddleia, foxglove.
Fruit and vegetables:
Blackberry, redcurrants, blackcurrants, raspberries, strawberries, apples, pears, broad beans, runner beans and peas.