Blooms for Bees

Blooms for Bees

Blooms for Bees

A citizen science project to promote and improve gardening for 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.

In 2017 we conducted several trials to improve knowledge about the suitability of various plants as

bumblebee-friendly bedding.

Plant trials

21 October 2019

Evaluation report

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By Gemma Foster

01 July 2019

Blooms for Bees quiz

We have developed a short quiz to test people’s bumblebee identification skills and familiarity ...

By Gemma Foster

29 June 2019

Our first journal paper

The first Blooms for Bees journal paper ‘Evaluating the ability of citizen scientists to ...

By Gemma Foster

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