Bees, and other pollinating insects, are an essential part of our environment and play a crucial role in food production. Bees pollinate crops and contribute over £500 million each year to UK farming and food. They also play a crucial role in our wider natural environment, pollinating wildflowers and trees that support other insects, birds, and mammals. Unfortunately, pollinators in the UK face numerous threats, including habitat loss, invasive species, pests and diseases, and climate change.
Bees’ Needs Week is bringing together beekeepers, community groups, academics, and the government to encourage everyone to take five simple steps to protect pollinators and restore the natural world.
That’s why Bees’ Needs Week brings together beekeepers, community groups, academics, and the government to encourage everyone to take five simple actions to protect pollinators and restore the natural world. Every effort counts, no matter how small!
Grow more nectar rich flowers, shrubs, and trees: these will provide a rich food source for bees and other pollinators. Using window or balcony boxes are good options if you don’t have a garden.
Allow some areas of your garden to grow naturally, providing nesting sites and food for pollinators.
Cut your grass less often: Mow your lawn less frequently allows flowers to bloom, which in turn provides nectar and pollen for bees.
Be mindful of insect habitats and avoid disturbing their nests and hibernation spots.
Always think carefully about pesticide use: Consider alternative methods to control pests and minimize pesticide use to protect pollinators.
To find out more about Bees’ Needs Week and how you can get involved visit: Bees’ Needs Week Buzzes Back!