Bees need our help

Bees need our help

Bee numbers continue to decline in the UK, and in other parts of the world. Bees play a crucial role in our eco system so we need to help them out urgently.

we need bees.

There are many way we can help the bee population and The Life of Bees is an online guide that shows what you how to make your garden or outside space a bee-friendly haven 

Statistics show that honey bee numbers are dropping significantly in the UK, due to factors such as diseases, parasites, pesticides and habitat loss. We may feel we've heard this so many times that it's become boring, but bees play a big part in our eco system so let's resist the temptation to ignore the issue.
 
Environmental reports show that since the 1930s we've lost 97 per cent of flower rich meadows and in the UK we have already lost around 13 bee species and another 35 are in danger of extinction. More worrying is the fact that across Europe, nearly one in 10 wild bee species faces extinction.
 
So what can we can do to help bees thrive?
 
Choose bee-friendly seeds and plants
 
Even small gardens can become havens for bees and this starts with choosing bee-friendly seeds and plants. There are many plants, wildflowers and herbs to choose from when looking to attract bees to the garden, the first ones that spring to mind being wild red clover and lavender, both of which are inexpensive and readily available. The former is an essential component of a spring meadow and produces vibrant pink/red clover bulbs which attract a variety of pollinators. Lavender is easy to grow in a sunny spot. Herbs to grow include sage, thyme and parsley.
 
Experimentation is key, as the greater the variety of plants and flowers we plant, the more bees will be supported.
 
 
wild red clover ..plant loads of it and the bees will come
An abundance of plants, flowers and herbs will get bees thriving in your garden
bees LOVE LOVE LOVE lavender
Bee houses are so sweet. Hang some around your garden. This one is from Aldi
Shelter
 
As with all wildlife, bees need foraging areas and shelter too, so creating a friendly and safe habitat is key to attracting them to the garden. If you have a lawn, keep a small area of it overgrown and plant red clover and lavender nearby.
 
Small wood piles also make a great shelter for bees and other invertebrates. Gather old branches and logs (avoid treated wood) and pile it up in a quiet corner of the garden, ideally under some trees or shrubs so it will keep cool. 
 
And of course little bee houses are all the rage, so hang a few around the garden. The added bonus with bee houses is that you can watch them going about their daily lives.
 
Put away the pesticides
 
Avoid using any pesticides in the garden, as they will damage bee health. There are plenty of non-toxic and homemade alternatives available to get rid of unwanted pests. For example, get your menfolk to wee in the garden to deter foxes.
 
Making compost from veg peelings and cuttings is a worthwhile thing to do and it will entice wildlife. Composting has been shown to improve the soils structure, making it a good breeding ground for bees and other invertebrates; it can also promote the growth of plant and flowers.
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