Last month, on our social media channels, we showcased what life might be like if pollinators decided to down their tools and stop working. #BeesOnStrike aimed to get people thinking about what life would be like without our most loyal insect civil servants, and what we can all do to improve their working conditions. Hopefully the message got through – our lives would change immeasurably for the worse without them and it is in all of our best interests to do something to help them.
Imagine if every single person decided to do even just one small good deed for the creatures which contribute so much to our lives.
If you are looking for ideas about how you can help, here are a few to get you started:
- Visit beekind.bumblebeeconservation.org to score how bee friendly your garden is and receive plant recommendations.
- Grow bee-friendly flowers in your garden or even in a window box, making sure that you provide flowers from March-October, as different species emerge at different times of the year. Most of our rarer species emerge later in the season (May onwards), which means that they need a pollen and nectar source into the autumn time.
- Let part of your garden grow wild, many so-called ‘weed species’ are vital food-sources for bees – especially in spring when there is not much else in flower.
- Avoid using pesticides and herbicides in your garden, especially those known to harm bees like neonicotinoids.
- Provide a nesting place for bumblebees in your garden.
- Become a member of the Bumblebee Conservation Trust to support our work raising awareness and protecting pollinators for the future.
- Volunteer with the Bumblebee Conservation Trust.
- Learn how to identify bees and help monitor them.
- Install a solitary bee hotel (creating your own is lots of fun!).
- Approach your local authority and ask them to do more to help pollinators – our local authority pack has some good pointers for asking your council to help.
- Arm yourself with the right information to make a difference – each devolved administration in the UK (and Ireland too) has their own pollinator strategy which is a great place to start: