With dwindling numbers of bees in the UK, we need to look after our buzzing honey making friends. Bee awareness is growing, but we need to do more to ensure the survival of the humble bee. The Royal Horticultural Society says many gardeners are encouraging bees into their garden by planting bee attracting plants, or leaving an area slightly wild in the hope to be as bee friendly as possible.
Two of the charities we support, Pesticide Action Network (PAN-UK) and The Environmental Justice Foundation (EJF) are both currently running campaigns to protect the wild habitat these pollinators depend upon.
Watch Dave Goulson, a trustee of PAN-UK and well known bumblebee biologist's appeal for funding to screen plants to ensure that garden centres are not selling plants full of insecticides.
“Dave Goulson is one of the leading experts on pollinators in the world. His research has been invaluable in understanding the links between pesticides and bees. Please help him continue this important work” Keith Tyrell, Director, PAN-UK
Support Dave Goulson's work here.
The solitary bee needs individual nest cells to lay its larvae, hence their name. A bee hotel is easy to make and is the ideal habitat for solitary bees. Use untreated wood to create a box shape or cut the top off of a clean empty plastic bottle for the shell of the hotel. Fill the shell with bamboo, or sticks, ensuring that each one is clean, and that you use different sizes to create the bee friendly gaps.
(bee hotel made by littlegreenshed's little boy for a school eco project)
You can find out more about the environmental charities we support here.