Bees’ Needs Week 2020

Bees' Needs Week 2019

Bees’ Needs Week is an annual event coordinated by Defra, working alongside charities, businesses, conservation groups and academic institutions to raise awareness of bees and other pollinators.

Bees’ Needs Week is a campaign from 13-19 July to help raise awareness of bees and other pollinators.

As a result of Covid-19, we’re celebrating Bees’ Needs Week online this year. We’ll be sharing online positive examples and ways in which everyone can continue to help bees and other pollinators close to home.

To get started, why not spend 10 minutes monitoring the pollinators that visit your garden or window box? It’s a great way you can get involved now and help with valuable research.

Follow us on twitter @DefraNature and @DefraGovUK and get involved on social media using #BeesNeeds

In 2019, London’s world-famous shopping destination was renamed ‘Carnabee Street’ during Bees’ Needs Week and transformed into a hive of activity.

The iconic Carnaby Street arch was given a bee-themed makeover and a popup ‘Hive’ opened at 3 Newburgh Street, London, with a host of educational and fun games, installations and talks.

For media enquiries, please contact the Defra press office on 020 8225 7318.

Bees and other pollinators are vital to growing lots of our favourite foods and for plants to flourish in our fields and gardens. Bees’ Needs Week is a great opportunity for you to find out more about how important pollinators are and how you can support them.

Whether you are a farmer, a gardener, or a manager of urban or amenity spaces, there is something you can do to help support our valuable insect pollinators.

There are five simple actions you can take to help pollinators and make sure their populations are sustained:

  1. Grow more flowers, shrubs and trees
  2. Let your garden grow wild
  3. Cut your grass less often
  4. Don’t disturb insect nest and hibernation spots
  5. Think carefully about whether to use pesticides

Take a look at these case studies which are fantastic examples of the 5 simple actions being put into action. Spend 10 minutes in the sun to count insects for the UK’s Pollinator Monitoring Scheme (PoMS)or read our information sheets to learn more about what you can do.

Although PoMS 1km square field surveys have been suspended until further notice, you can still carry out Flower-Insect Timed counts as part of PoMS in your garden, balcony or window box and outside of your own private property, as long as government guidance is followed at all times. Find out more on the PoMS website.

Here you can find more information and inspiration on ways to do your bit for pollinators:

Bees’ Needs Champions Awards

The annual Bees’ Needs Champions Awards took place at the Wax Chandlers’ Hall in London on 18th November 2019, where Lord Gardiner, Minister for Rural Affairs and Biosecurity, presented awards to 33 of our 39 winners, who have all done tremendous work to help save and raise awareness about pollinators.

We are considering plans for the 2020 Bees’ Needs Champions Awards, including for schools, and we still hope to open nominations later this year. We’ll provide more information on this page and on Twitter @DefraNature








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