Bees’ Needs Week 2019

Bees’ Needs Week 2018 at Carnabee Street, London

Bees’ Needs Week is a week long campaign from 8-14 July to help raise awareness of bees and other pollinators.

During Bees’ Needs Week, London’s world-famous shopping destination will be renamed ‘Carnabee Street’ and transformed into a hive of activity.

The iconic Carnaby Street arch will be given a bee-themed makeover and a popup ‘Hive’ will open at 3 Newburgh Street, London from 8-13 July, with a host of educational and fun games, installations and talks.

This will include:

  • A bumblearium giving visitors the chance to get close to the bee action
  • Virtual Reality headsets to experience the inner workings of a bumblebee nest
  • Honey Tasting
  • The chance to look at specimens of bees up close, using microscopes

The Hive will be open from 10:30am- 5pm from Monday 8th – Saturday 13th July.

Friday 12th July will be ‘FIT Count Friday’ – a citizen science project to carry out Flower –Insect Timed (FIT) counts to monitor pollinating insects. Experts will be on hand in Green Park, London with the ‘Bugmobile’ from 11am-4pm.

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

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.

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

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

Year of Green Action

2019 is the Year of Green Action, a year-long project to see more people from all backgrounds involved in projects to improve the natural world. Helping pollinators is an easy way to take part. Whether you have a window box or a garden there are simple things you can do to help. Further information is available on the Year of Green Action website.

Bees’ Needs Champions Awards

The annual Bees’ Needs Champions Awards took place at Kew Gardens on November 13th 2018, where Lord Gardiner, Minister for Rural Affairs and Biosecurity, presented awards to 22 of our 27 winners, who have all done tremendous work to help save and raise awareness about pollinators. Huw Merriman MP gave a keynote speech on the importance of pollinators and the All Party Parliamentary Group for Bees’ work to save them, followed by presentations by our partners about their projects.

We will be looking for Bees’ Needs Champions in 2019. If you would like to nominate your own project or another project you believe deserves an award, then we will be asking for nominations on this website in the late summer.







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Academic partners include the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, Bristol University, the University of Cambridge,  the University of East Anglia and the University of Reading.

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