For some people, becoming a beekeeper is not possible, but there are lots of ways that we can support honeybees and other important pollinators.
- Your garden is the bee’s fast-food takeaway; so, if your garden has a variety of bee friendly plants, you will be providing them with a varied menu through the seasons.
- Create a water station for bees. Fill a shallow bird bath or bowl with water, with pebbles and stones inside so that they break the water’s surface. Bees will land on the stones for a drink
- Have a section of lawn that you don’t mow
- Have a small heap of branches at the back of a border that can provide shelter, places to nest and rest, and homes for native bees.
- Welcome bees to your garden; treat them as friends not enemies
- Create bee hotels
- Embrace weeds; dandelions and clover are two of their favourites
- Solitary bees often live in holes inside trees or hollow stems. Let stems of perennials overwinter as they provide hibernation refugee’s
- Avoid using pesticides wherever possible and never spray open flowers provide nest sites for wild bees