Category Archives: pollinators

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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pollinating and predatory lacewings

According to Cottage Garden Perennials, cow parsley is a favourite for lacewings. Lacewings also love yarrow, angelica, dill, coriander, fennel, wild carrot as well as sunflower, cosmos and tansy … and their larvae feast upon aphids! So not only are … Continue reading

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Moths

Moths have a similar palate to their two-winged butterfly friends but her are some moth friendly flowers to also bear in mind. Night flying moths particularly drawn to pale flowered plants and those releasing an evening scent, like honeysuckle, clematis … Continue reading

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Butterflies

Butterflies can be fluttering about as early as February and as late as November so it is important to plant up some early spring flowers to give them a bit of a spring boost of nectar. You can also build … 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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Alexanders

A forgotten but slowly reviving treasure of the apiaceae family, Alexanders (also known as Horse Parsley) tastes like a pasley infused celery. Steam the stalks and buds.

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pollinate

Pollinate / To transfer pollen from an anther to the stigma of (a flower). Pollinator / An (insect) that carries pollen from one flower to another In Britain ‘pollinators’ include small flying insects such as hoverflies, lacewings, bees, beetles, butterflies and … Continue reading

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http://www.foxleas.com/near_native.htm Interesting article on defining ‘native’ planting … Diversity in planting with drifts of form, scent and colour is key for Marc Carlton, with enough spread of nectar and pollen to attract pollinators and give them a nourishing feed. Wild and … Continue reading

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