Being nice to Bees

03rd April 2012
In: Nature
I am trying to my bit for the local wildlife by creating a wildlife friendly garden. One project was the digging of a garden pond which has become a home to newts and damselflies.
We have also planted a hedge with a mixture of Beech, Hawthorn, Yew and Pyracanthas to help the birds.
We also try and do our bit for the bees too and this year I have increased the number of bee houses!
The photo below shows a couple of Red Mason Bee nests which are attached about a metre off the ground on a roughly south facing fence.

The tubes that aren't showing white are ones from last year that had residents that have overwintered, the large tube is a purchased bee cocoon collection to boost the local population.
We often see queen bumblebees in the garden I have placed a bumble bee skep at the back of the garden on the off chnace someone may take up residence.

I have also boosted the number of early flowering species in the garden with some Winter Flowering Honeysuckle, White Dead Nettle and Red Dead Nettle (pictured below).

If you would like to learn more about gardening for bees please visit the BBCT website which has some great information.

BBCT: Gardening for bumblebees

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