The humble but ecologically important bumble bee, a garden wouldn't be a garden without their presence, flying from flower to flower collecting that pollen to make our delicious honey and keeping our eco system going. I had no idea that there were so many different species of bee, in the UK alone there are 270 different species, 250 being solitary bees.
Honey bees must gather nectar from two million flowers to make one pound of honey, WOW .. One bee has to fly about 90,000 miles – three times around the globe – to make one pound of honey. Almost 90% of wild plants and 75% of leading global crops depend on animal pollination. One out of every three mouthfuls of our food depends on pollinators. Crops that depend on pollination are five times more valuable than those that do not.
We can all do our bit to help bees whether that’s in our gardens, balconies or windowsills. You can also chat to friends and family about how cool bees are and help them to make their wild spaces bee-friendly.
Plant a range of flowers in your garden so bees have access to nectar from March to October. Bees love traditional cottage garden flowers and native wildflowers, like primrose, buddleia, and marigolds.