What can we do to help the bees?
In the previous post we learnt all about Bees. Here in part two we have 9 things that we can do to help protect the bees and help increase the bee population.
Leave a wild flower area in your garden
Get yourself a pack of wild flower seeds for your garden and keep an area for wildlife to flourish. Not only will you get more bees but lots of other birds and insects too.
Plant native plants that will thrive
Plants that are happy in their environment will be healthier and produce more pollen. Think about the type of soil and weather conditions you have and plant something that will work well for you.
Plant bee friendly flowers
Bees need to be able to get to the pollen so plant open head flowers where possible or ones where the pollen is easy to reach. Lavender, Aquilegia, Allium and herbs are all bee favourites. If you haven’t got a garden, you can try a window box or pots.
Have a bee watering hole in your garden
Like all creatures that work hard, bees get thirsty. Leave out a shallow water bowl so they can have a quick refresh on route to the next flower. Corks left in the water can be really helpful for bees to land on.
Revive a tired bee!
If you see a bee looking tired or struggling to fly pop a teaspoon with water in front of the bee so it can have a drink. If the bee is really tired, make a sugar solution to give them an extra energy boost.
Make a bee hotel in your garden for the solitary bees
For bumble bees and solitary bees, create a home for them in the garden. There are lots of bee and bug hotels available ready made to buy online, or you can make your own, some instructions here from the Wildlife Trust.
If you are going to eat honey, buy local and know the source
Eating honey is a contentious subject for many people who follow a plant based diet or are vegan, but if you do, make sure you know where the honey has come from and that they are British bees not imported.
Buy locally grown food & Eat Organic
Eating organic food is vitally import in protecting the bee population as you are promoting a pesticide free way of growing our food. The same applies for vegetables, dairy and meat. Click here for an earlier post on eating organic.
For more information check out the Bumblebee Conservation Trust for lots of top tips on looking after the bees.