Many of our pollinating insects are in decline. This is not good for our food supplies. Without bees and the like, who will pollinate our apple crops etc?
We can all help and it is not difficult. When you next buy flowers for your garden pick something bee friendly. A rule of thumb is that exotic, highly cultivated and double flowers are not very good. Much of the bedding plants like Busy Lizzies, Begonias and Geraniums have no nectar for the bees to feed on. I have added a list of bee friendly plants at the bottom of this blog.
You can also change your mowing habits to help. Try having a small meadow around the base of trees and in front of hedges.
Do not cut your grass often and allow lawn flowers to grown. You can still spot treat or hand dig the ones you do not like. Lawns with Daisies, Viola Scabious and Spring bulbs looks a picture.
Bee friendly plants
March – April
Erica carnea (heather)
May – June
July – September
St. Johns Wort