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Plant for Pollinators

Posted: Wednesday 1st June 2016 by Community

Bee on devil's bit scabious (c) Dave KilbeyBee on devil's bit scabious (c) Dave Kilbey

Bees have been suffering a serious decline over the last century, largely due to the loss of around 97% of our flower-rich meadows. They're hugely important pollinators, not just for our gardens, but for our food crops too. The good news is that YOU can help them and other pollinators by doing a few simple things.

You can see bees everywhere from your own garden to local parks and meadows but they still need your help! There are 24 species in the UK, with two species becoming extinct in the last 80 years. Gardens play a vital role in supporting bumblebees, by provding nest sites, food and water. So here's how you can make your garden a pollinator pit-stop for 30 Days Wild.

Be a Bee Super Hero - 5 things you can do for bees and other pollinators.

  • Plant clumps of bee-friendly plants in sunny locations. It doesn’t matter if they are in pots or straight into beds. Clumps of flowers will be far more attractive to bees than scattered plants or those in the shade as it means they have to travel less to collect nectar and pollen.
  • Simple flowers allow bees to access the pollen and nectar more easily, ‘fancy’ flowers with double or multiple petals can prove problematic for the foraging bee as they have very little nectar.
  • Provide nest sites for bees – natural nest sites include the hollow stems of bamboo or other hollow stemmed plants. Ground nesting bees will dig holes in patches of bare soil or tussocks of grass. Alternatively buy or make a nest box either for solitary bees or colonial bumblebees.
  • Give up pesticides – but if you really have to use them only spray in the evenings when bees are less active and use organic ones.
  • Report your sightings – records are the best way to help us monitor populations, so don't forget to report your sightings to the Gloucestershire Centre for Environmental Records (GCER).

We'd love to see your resident bumblebees and home-patch pollinators. Please share your photos on social media with the hashtags #30DaysWild and #30DaysWild_Glos

(c) Wildstock





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