Blooms for Bees

Blooms for Bees

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Join citizen scientists from across the country to
discover which flowers are bumblebee favourites and
help us develop our understanding of bumblebee
foraging in gardens and allotments.


Bumblebees are fascinating creatures and important pollinators. Find out more about the United Kingdom’s 25 beautiful species, and learn how to identify them, using our bumblebee guide.

Bumblebee ID guide

Gardens and allotments

Our plots are important habitats for bumblebees, offering valuable forage, as well as sites for nesting and hibernation. Find out what you can do in your garden or allotment to support bumblebees.

Gardening for bumblebees

Bumblebee-friendly bedding


Many traditional bedding plants have been bred for appearance and are often of little value
to pollinators. We are conducting several trials to improve knowledge of the suitability of
various plants as bumblebee-friendly bedding.

Plant trials

27 September 2018

The results 2017

Thank you to everyone who submitted surveys in 2017 and 2018. We received records from 599 ...

By Gemma Foster

12 April 2018

April flowers

The days are lengthening and queen bumblebees are stirring from hibernation. Here in Warwickshire, ...

By Judith Conroy

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