Bee populations are declining at an alarming rate. Help save our bees and transform your garden or plot into a habitat for bees. They’ll repay you by pollinating your plants for bumper veg harvests and gorgeous flowers and will help to maintain the natural environment we all love.
1) 20 Species of bees in Britain have already become extinct and a quarter of remaining UK Bee species are on the red list of threatened species.
2) Bees love to gather nectar and pollen from wildflower meadows, but they are slowly disappearing and so are the places they used to nest.
3) We need bees too. They don’t just make our gardens, parks and the countryside looking pretty & vibrant, they also help to pollinate about 75% of our main food crops, including our home grown and shop bought fruit and veg such as tomatoes, strawberries and more.
4) If pollinating bees disappeared, the price of many fruits and vegetables would increase: the price of British apples alone could double! It would cost an estimated £1.8 billion per year to replace the pollination done by bees with pollinating by hand.
5) Bee pollinated crops are important sources of vitamins A and C, and minerals like calcium.
1) Create your own mini Wildflower Meadow: Planting bee friendly wildflower seeds such as Bluebells, Poppies & Snapdragon in your garden or flower boxes will give bees access to the vital food they need and provide the perfect home to nest.
2) If you spot a tired looking bee, it may be suffering from exhaustion. Mix 2 teaspoons of water and place into a feeder or tray. This will perk them up, so they can happily continue pollinating our lovely plants.
3) Bees like people need a place a dry, warm home. Include a bee house in your garden and give visiting solitary bees and bumble bees a place to nest. Solitary bees are safe around pets and children because they are non-aggressive, they don't swarm (because they're solitary) and many don't have a sting in their tail. Adding a bee house with some bee attractor food will all help to make your garden a haven for these valuable part of our eco-system.
4) Bees get thirsty too, so add a shallow bowl of water with a few pebbles in the middle. It’s a great way to give bees access to fresh clean water and also gives them a good spot to rest on their lunch break!
So it goes without saying, we need to save the bees! If you are looking for the right Bee Attracting Essentials for your garden, or have any other general gardening questions, please feel free to get in touch with our Gardening Angels on 0845 602 3771 or drop us an email on firstname.lastname@example.org. We're always happy to help.