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Bumblebees for beginners

Whether you’re interested in starting your own bee-friendly backyard in your garden, or simply want to appreciate these pollination heroes, we’ve got you covered. Take a look at our beginner’s guide below for interesting facts and interactive resources, to help show you why these pollinators are the bees’ knees!

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About bumblebees

Learn about the ‘BIG 8’ bumblebees you’re most likely to see, and the differences between bumblebees and honeybees.

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Bumblebees attending to the eggs in a nest.

Bumblebee nests

Did you know, different species of bumblebee live in different nests, from bird boxes to underground burrows?

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A hibernating Buff-tailed bumblebee queen in an a small hole in the ground.

Lifecycle

Bumblebees are social insects, ruled by a queen. Take a look at our illustrative guide to a bumblebees lifecycle.

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Gardening guide

Make your green space a haven for pollinators and bumblebees with our free resources and downloads.

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Bumblebee species guide

Spotted a bumblebee and not quite sure what it is? Check out our species guide for help and advice.

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Bumblebee FAQs

Still got questions? Head to our frequently asked questions page and we’ll see if we can help!

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