Gardening for bumblebees

Gardens are an important resource for many of our bumblebee species. They are a natural mosaic and corridor across the country and cover more hectares than all of our nature reserves put together. Many of our most common bumblebees rely on gardens for their food and nesting sites and often these species are now dong better in gardens than in the open countryside. Gardens can  also be very important when adjacent to open landscapes, in particular, if this is an important bumblebee habitat release site, as they can provide a sometimes essential and alternative forage source.

Foxglove spike © Bob Gomes

Foxglove spike © Bob Gomes

With the loss of over 97% of the UKs wild flower meadows gardens are playing an increasingly important role. Planting an array of flowers will keep your gardening flowering throughout most of the year and be a vital food source for our bumblebees and many other insect species.You can obtain further guidance on creating bumblebee habitats in your garden from the leaflet ‘Help save the bumblebee…. get more buzz from your garden’ just view on your browser or download the pdf.
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Bumblebee plants for all seasons

Bumblebee garden plants for all seasons

Vipers bugloss © Bob Gomes

Vipers bugloss © Bob Gomes

 

 

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Many of our rare bumblebee species are open landscape species that need flower-rich habitats to survive. Farm land can be an important food source and nesting site for many species.....
Gardens are an important resource for many of our bumblebee species. They are a natural mosaic and corridor across the country and cover more hectares than all of our nature.....
Volunteers are an essential and important part of the successful running of the project. Volunteers walk bumblebee surveys across the release zone of Dungeness and Romney Marsh....