Save our bees and butterflies. Attract them to your garden or plot with our hand-picked habitats & food. They’ll soon repay you by munching on pests and pollinating your flowers, fruits & vegetables, increasing production!
Our solitary bee houses, wildflower seed packs and bee food are effective ways to attract bees to your garden or veg plot. The bees will pollinate your flowers, fruit and vegetable, increasing production and you'll be doing your bit for the eco-system.
In the UK, there are 254 species of wild bee (solitary bees and bumble bees), 25% are in the Red Data Book of endangered species. Food that features bee pollinated crops represents 80% of the food on the supermarket shelves.
Beehives can play an important part in our environment. Many bee species – including solitary bees and bumblebees - are under threat, but gardeners can do their bit to help ensure their survival by including a bee hive, bee log, or bee nest in their gardens and planting flowers attractive to bees.
Solitary bees and bumble bees are efficient and effective pollinators. You can help save our bees by providing nest boxes for bees in the form of beehives and bee logs. You can also provide wildflowers that bees find irresistible.
It is estimated that it would cost at least £1.8 billion per year to replace the pollination done by bees with pollinating by hand. Here are just a few our humble bees help out with:
* Strawberries * Broad beans * Basil * Blueberries * Coriander * Raspberries * Cucumber * Apples * Pumpkin * Squash * Tomatoes * Aubergine
We need bees to pollinate many important food crops, including most fruit and vegetables. Bee pollinated crops are important sources of vitamins A and C, and minerals like calcium. By pollinating attractive wildflowers like bluebells and poppies, bees also help the natural environment that we love.
If pollinating bees disappeared the price of many fruits and vegetables would increase, and the price of British apples could double. It is widely acknowledged that changes in agriculture are the main cause of the decline in bee populations throughout Europe. Hay meadows have declined by 97% since the 1930s, removing an important source of forage for bees. It seems that solitary bees – the most common bee in Britain might be especially vulnerable to pesticides.
Butterflies are very effective pollinators. Attract them to your plot or garden with one of our butterfly habitats, feeding station and vitamin enriched food. They are all designed to attract butterflies to your garden or veg plot and to improve their survival rates. The butterflies will return the favour by pollinating your flowers, fruit and vegetables and controlling garden pests such as aphids.
Butterflies pollinate our crops and flowers and as such play a critical role in our food supply, playing a crucial supporting role to bees. Sadly many of the 58 species of butterfly native to the UK are under threat of extinction. The good news is that by providing butterfly habitats, butterfly feeders and nectar rich flowers we can all do our bit to increase populations and even get numbers back up to sustainable levels.
Butterflies need access to nectar. Providing vitamin rich butterfly food on a butterfly feeder will attract these beautiful and beneficial insects to your garden and will help to improve their survival rates.
You can also plant suitable nectar plants such as buddleja, verbena bonariensis, lavender, perennial wallflowers and marjoram. Because many nectar plants are ideal for small pots and window boxes you can attract butterflies even if you only have a bijou balcony or a window ledge.
Some butterfly species hibernate as adults for the winter and some die off and lay eggs which survive the winter. Butterflies hibernate anywhere sheltered including sheds, stone walls, hollows in trees and rock crevices. Hibernation is risky. If they choose somewhere too cold or damp they won’t survive. They are also vulnerable to birds and other predators. You can increase the chances of butterflies surviving by providing a straw-packed dry and warm butterfly habitat that only butterflies can access. Another risk for butterflies is starvation if they were not able to feed enough to build up sufficient energy to last the hibernation period. This is why providing a butterfly feeder and nectar rich flowers is so important, especially in autumn.
Pesticides and insecticides often kill butterflies, so if you can it’s best to avoid using these, and instead attract lacewing and ladybirds which will prey on common insect pests.