Encouraging bees back to your gardens
May 21, 2014

When the spring months come around, it is time for the micro ecosystems that exist in even the most modest of gardens to kick into gear. The buzz of activity is quite literally audible as plants and flowers flourish, the leaves appear on the trees and a whole host of creatures come out to play in warmer temperatures.

But as we all know, almost every aspect of the natural world has become more complicated recently, with the onset of climate change and global warming.

As a result, one of the most familiar sights in almost all spring gardens is at risk of becoming a thing of the past.

The trials and tribulations of the bumble bee

As most of us learn from a very early age, bees thrive off having blooming shrubbery from which they can extract pollen and nectar – in fact during summer, they rely heavily on this to survive.

But with the finite boundaries of the spring and summer months becoming more and more disrupted by global warming, this is leaving many bees with nowhere to turn.

The unfortunate truth is that the UK’s bee population is dwindling. However, all is not lost, as there are a number of measures that we as humans can take in our gardens that could potentially save the lives of thousands of bees. Here’s a couple of the most important actions to take.

Bee-friendly horticulture

There is a wealth of advice out there on how we can carefully curate the flowers that we choose to have in our garden in order to give bumble bees the best chance of making it through any particularly hard-going summers.

Plants with a particularly high pollen count and resolute fertility will guarantee any bees that inhabit your garden a place to go if times get hard. This could mean that rather than the buzzing back and forth between different corners of the garden, it is more likely they could congregate in one specific area – but this could prove key to keeping your micro environment sustainable.

Bee boxes

Another great option is the bee box, which allows gardeners to create a cordoned off sanctuary that can protect bees from the elements.

One of the most stark effects of climate change is that we are experiencing summers that are not specifically colder or warmer, but simply ones that are more unpredictable and generally more extreme.

With this in mind, it is important that bees have somewhere they know they can rely on. A bee box can be bought from agarden products┬áretailer or even constructed by hand – for those who want a more unique look to their bee box.

Amateur carpenters will find it takes a matter of minutes to knock something together using a few pieces of spare wood. Pollenatable flowers can then be ‘caged off’ using wire mesh, offering bees a mini garden they can enter and leave at their leisure.