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

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

12 April 2018

April flowers

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

By Judith Conroy

27 November 2017

Winter-active bumblebees

Most bumblebee activity has now ceased for the year, with just the new queens waiting in hibernation ...

By Dave Kilbey

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