Bees must surely be one of the most hard working creatures on the planet. We owe them a huge debt of gratitude for their industrious work ethic as they are responsible for pollinating about one sixth of all flowering plant species worldwide! Our modern food system is dependant on these fantastic creatures. So the least we can do is give them some goodness in our gardens!
Planting a range of flowers that will provide food for bees from early Spring right through until late summer will mean that bees have the food they need during all their crucial periods - when the queens are establishing nests, when the nests are growing, when the nests are producing new queens and males and when the queens are feeding themselves up ready for hibernation.
Sadly most bee species are in decline in the UK with two having gone extinct completely. Changes in agricultural practices in the last century and the increasing use of chemicals in the environment has had a quite devastating effect on bees across the board. More reason than ever to make our gardens as attractive as possible for bees.
An often surprising fact is that over 90% of bees don't actually live in colonies and are what is known as solitary bees. Providing shelter for solitary bees is really important. Paying particuar attention to the design of solitary bee houses can make a huge difference in how likely the bees are to use them. I create hand made solitary bee houses based on the observed prefences of solitary bees.
To discuss ways to make your garden more bee friendly do get in touch.