A lot of people realise that bees are having a rough time nowadays and want to do something to help. This page is dedicated to that
Help Them To Help Us
Some of the many ways in which people help:
Increase Forage - click here to see our page on improving forage by planting bee-friendly flowers.
Varied diet - plant wildflowers for giving bees a varied diet - it is healthier for bees (and humans).
Consider becoming a beekeeper - it is thought that there are very few colonies in the wild that survive without beekeepers.
Increase habitat - plant flowers on unused land - some wild gardeners gather seeds from wild plants (especially foxgloves and snapdragons) and then throw them over fences to land on unused land which can then be used by the bees.
Provide water in hot weather - an old tray or box with water in it left somewhere for insects to find can be a lifesaver. It can also help to throw a small blockof wood into the water so that the insects can drink from a platform near the water.
Watch out for exhausted bees - sometimes bees get it wrong and run out of energy before they can return to the hive. Many people have reported providing some sugar-water in a teaspoon and being rewarded a few minutes later by seeing the recovered bee flying back into the wild.
Say NO to pesticides - ask your garden centre whether they use necnicitonides. Guess what garden centres wido when lots of their customers start asking them whether they use pesticides. Organic garden centres are worth supporting.
Support your local beekeeper - a generally positive attitude works wonders and buying non heat-treated honey from beekeeepers will reduce the risk of enzymes being killed by commercial heat extraction.
Treat "infestations" humanely - call a beekeeper, not an exterminator.
Consider making a bee hotel - great activity for children - it really connects with the natural world. If you make one send us a picture and we will put it on our website. (You could try RHS advice here)
The British Beekeeping Assosiation's website has a page on Gardening For Bees: https://www.bbka.org.uk/gardening-for-bees
Help The Beekeepers:
If you have a large garden you may be able to help a local beekeeper by providing a space for a hive or two. There are always people looking for somewhere to put hives. Contact our office to express an interest - email firstname.lastname@example.org or contact your local beekeeping association see https://www.bbka.org.uk/find-beekeeping-near-you to find your nearest association.
Coolings Nursery (BBC Radio 2) - top 3 plants for attracting bees: lupins, asters and scabious.
Morgan Freeman has turned his ranch into a honeybee sanctuary by planting several species of trees suitable for beehives including magnolia and lavender trees.