I’m sure it’s not news to you that the bee population in the U.K. has been declining in recent years. The rolling green hills you see around the U.K. used to be spotted with more wildflowers, but an increased demand for food production has meant a change in agricultural practices and fewer bee friendly wildflowers in the British countryside. Because bees rely on the pollen from flowers for food, and flowers rely on bees for pollination, there has been a vicious cycle of decline of both bees and wildflowers in rural Britain.
How can we help? Going forward, we will provide more information on how we can provide a haven for bees in our very own gardens. Topics will include the best gardening practices, bee friendly plants, types of bees, and more. If you’d like to do some more research, the Bumblebee Conservation Trust website has a wealth of information about bees and how to look out for them.