Blooms for Bees is a citizen science project to promote and improve gardening for bumblebees. Join us to explore which bumblebee species visit gardens and allotments, and discover which flowers are bumblebee favourites.
Bumblebees are popular and important pollinators. There are currently 25 species of bumblebee in the UK. Unfortunately, UK bumblebee populations have declined in recent years, with two species becoming extinct since 1940. This is largely a result of the intensification of agricultural practices, which has reduced the availability of the flowers that bumblebees feed on.
Gardens and allotments offer us an amazing opportunity to create vibrant flower rich habitats to support these vital pollinators. Despite this, little is known about which bumblebee species visit gardens and allotments, or which flowers are the most important sources of nectar and pollen.
By surveying the flowers growing in your garden or allotment, you can help us develop a better understanding of which flowers bumblebees like to visit. The data generated by this project will help develop our understanding of bumblebee foraging in gardens and allotments, and improve recommendations about which flowers we should grow more of.
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The Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience (CAWR) at Coventry University is leading innovative, trans-disciplinary research to improve the understanding and development of resilient food and water systems internationally.
The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) is the World’s largest gardening charity. The RHS are involved in many activities that promote and benefit gardening for its members and the wider public. Find out more about their Perfect for Pollinators scheme.
The Bumblebee Conservation Trust works to conserve bumblebees, and raise awareness about the social, economic, environmental and cultural benefits which they and other pollinators provide.
Garden Organic brings together thousands of people who share a common belief that organic growing is essential for a healthy and sustainable world. Through campaigning, advice, community work and research, their aim is to get everyone growing ‘the organic way’.
Hozelock is one of Britain’s favourite gardening suppliers, with over half a century of horticultural expertise. Hozelock’s products combine knowledge, passion and pride in craftsmanship to develop gardening solutions that help gardens flourish. Designed by gardeners, for gardeners.
Blooms for Bees is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Coventry University and Hozelock.