Category Archives: bees

Wanted: the Shrill Carder Bee

Have you seen this bumble bee? The Shrill Carder Bees are one of the two rarest bumblebees in the UK. They are distinctive with their higher-pitched buzz and delicate straw colouring and dark-band across the thorax. They are also somewhat … Continue reading

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Bumble Bees

I was lucky enough to attend a bumble bee identification workshop this week. There are around 250 bees in the UK, of which 24 are bumblebee species found in the UK. What an array of bees we have on this … Continue reading

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Pollinator Friendly Gardening: the essentials

All seasons Try to build up a garden that offers pollen and nectar to hungry foragers throughout the growing year.  Honey bees are inactive at temperatures below 10 degrees Celsius whilst other bees are found foraging in very early spring. … Continue reading

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Queen Anne’s Lace

Queen Anne’s Lace, also known as Cow parsley, is a member of the umbelliferae or carrot family. It grows along verges whether hedgerows, riversides or pathways and flowers in the months of April to June. It is a particularly vigorous member … Continue reading

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Wild strawberries

These trailing fruity perennials provide great ground cover. But be warned, their trailers are very exploratory and can stretch afar. Interestingly, the name strawberry is thought to have derived from the name ‘to strew’. Wild strawberries differ from their domesticated … Continue reading

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bees

There are over 250 bee species in the UK. One is the infamous honey bee, 24 are bumblebees and the others are known as ‘solitary bees’. the honey bee, apis mellifera the bumble bee, bombus hymenoptera the solitary bee, colletus daviesanus Whilst … Continue reading

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trees to feed bees

Honey bees love foraging higher than their bumbling and solitary relatives trees. They especially enjoy alder, apple, blackthorn, cherry, crab apple, hazel, hawthorn, holly, lime, medlar, quince, pear, chestnut, sycamore and willow.   Medlar blossom   Hawthorn blossom   So … Continue reading

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