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Create a Bee Friendly Space

Did you know that a third of the food you eat relies on pollination – mainly through bees? That means one in three mouthfuls of food that you eat relies on a bee! Incredible thought, isn’t it?

Bees are a vital part of the food chain, but are under threat of extinction for lots of reasons including habitat loss – wildflower meadows have all but disappeared in recent years – climate change, toxic pesticides and disease, which have all led to nearly one in 10 of Europe’s wild bee species facing extinction.

Wild Things LOVE bees, which is why we’re giving 5% of our profits to the Bumblebee Conservation Trust. You can help bees as well by following these 7 simple steps.

1. Plant Bee-Friendly Flowers – Avoid modern ornamental hybrids or cultivars, bred for their large blooms and colours, as most produce no nectar or pollen. Instead, focus on flowers bees love, including lavender, alliums, honeysuckle, heather, buddleja, foxgloves and snapdragons.

2. Plant through the seasons as bees need nectar throughout the year. Small trees like hazel, holly and pussy willow will help and ivy is a top bee food in Autumn.

3. Grow fruit, vegetables and herbs – Friends of the Earth suggest growing French, runner and broad beans, aubergines, onions and peppers, as well as apples, pears, plums, blackberries, strawberries and raspberries. The more variety, the better for the bees. And a herb border of thyme and rosemary will help too.

4. Create a bee hotel – You can buy these or make them out of short lengths of bamboo canes tied together. Place on your wall or fence for a perfect nesting shelter for our black and yellow friends.

5. Have a hive in your garden – Not possible for everyone, but if you have a larger garden consider giving over some space to a hive or two. Contact your local beekeeper association for more information.

6. Don’t cut your lawn as often – The Royal Horticultural Society says it can help bees if you allow lawn ‘weeds’ to flower by cutting the grass less often. It can also help to mow grass in the evening. Cutting less often and less closely will help give pollinators places to feed and shelter among the grass.

7. Avoid pesticides – To keep your garden as welcoming as possible to bees, gardeners should also avoid using pesticides wherever possible, and according to the RHS, never spray open flowers.


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