Photo: Courtesy the Food and Environment Agency (Fera), Crown Copyright
Want to help save bees that play such a huge role in our ecosystems? The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) launched a Call to Action for land managers large or small on 18th July to help rejuvenate our buzzy friends. You can create or improve your habitats for all pollinators in 5 simple ways:
1. Grow more flowers, shrubs and trees
2. Leave patches of land to grow wild and weedy
3. Cut grass less often
4. Avoid disturbing or destroying nesting or hibernating insects
5. Think carefully about whether to use pesticides
Further information on each of these simple actions is available at http://www.beesneeds.org.uk.
The site also contains an animation, which explains why pollinators are so important for us and how we can help them.
Meanwhile an NHS Forest site run by Public Health England at Colindale which lost 3 of its 4 hives in recent years has seen the bee population quadruple this summer because of a wildflower bank next to its allotments.