Helping bees

Plants that bees like to visit

Here is a list that you can grow in your garden to encourage the honey bees to come and visit.

Antirrhinum

Aquilegia

Calendula

Canterbury Bells

Cornflowers

Foxgloves

Nigella

Poppies

Rudbeckias

Stocks

Sunflowers

Sweet William

Zinnia

Wallflowers

Help Save Gloucestershire’s Honey Bees

When the warm weather brings honey bees out to feast on the abundance of flowers and blossoming trees in your parks and gardens, you’d be forgiven for thinking that bees were plentiful in our region. Sadly this is not necessarily the case. Between 1985 and 2005 there was a fifty per cent decline in …

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Plant a tree for bees

SUGGESTIONS FOR TREE PLANING TO IMPROVE THE LOCAL BEE PASTURAGE.

By Dr. F.N. Howes, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

LIMES

The most useful trees to the beekeeper in this British Isles for honey production are the limes. The common lime, (Tilia auropaea or T. vulgaris) admittedly has several drawbacks as street tree and is probably planted …

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Make A Nest Box For Wild Bees

You’d expect to read about providing nesting sites for birds, but did you know you can provide them for bees too? There are more than 250 kinds of bees in Britain, including mining bees, which burrow into the ground, and mason and leaf-cutter bees which nest in hollow plant stems or dead wood. Wild bumblebees …

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