Bumble bee numbers are on the decline so what can we do?
“The research can’t tell us whether the bee declines are causing the plant declines, or vice versa, or indeed whether the two are locked in a vicious cycle in which each is affecting the other. It’s also not clear as of yet what the ultimate causes of the declines are, although land use change, agricultural chemicals and climate change may be important factors.”
If you are thinking about planting shrubs and plants this year, give the humble bee a moment’s thought. There are a few plants that not only attract bees but look amazing too.
As we all know, bees are great for our garden as they help pollinate our plants.
Here are a few planting suggestions to help attract our fuzzy flying friends.
• Japanese Honeysuckle (Lonicera japonica)
• Lupin (Lupinus)
• Creeping Thyme (Thymus serpyllum)
For more information about the bee population, see The Bumble Bee Conservation website.