We all know that bees are having a difficult time right now and that every little thing we can do in our own gardens to help them out is a good move.
Earlier this month, the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) offered gardeners some tips about how to make their outdoor space bee-friendly, and the good news is that August is a great time of year to improve things for these important mini-beasts.
For instance, you can add some bee-friendly plants to your borders, with foxgloves and sunflowers the favourite options for British gardeners, according to the RHS survey.
Another great way to help wild bees is to let your lawn grow long, with 60 per cent of those surveyed saying they’d be happy to do so to help bee populations thrive.
Monty Don pointed out that you don’t need to plant exotic or difficult-to-grow species to attract bees to your garden. “Bees need pollen and the smaller flowers of unhybridised species are likely to be a much richer source than huge show blooms on plants that are the result of elaborate breeding,” he stated.
As well as planting for bees, there are a couple of other options open to you, including making a bee home where they can hibernate for the winter, or digging a garden pond, although you might want some help with landscaping in Lancashire if you’re going for the latter option.
There are dozens of species of bees in the UK. In fact, this year’s Great British Bee Count by Friends of the Earth recorded 270 species in the British Isles. Among them are the banded white-tailed bumble bee, the brown carder bee, and the hairy-footed flower bee.