Friday, May 25, 2018

25 Oct

Welcome Pollinators Into Your Garden!

Our garden pollinators are at their lowest number ever. Help butterflies, hover-flies and bees to grow in number by adding a little wildlife to your garden!

Bees, Hover flies and Butterflies pollinate 80% of plant species in Europe, including fruit, vegetables and some biofuel crops. Without their pollinating abilities we wouldn’t be able to afford 1 let alone 5 fruit and veg a day.

Bees

There are three types of bee found in Britain – bumblebees, honeybees and solitary bees. All three types are declining in different ways. The honeybee is struggling because their strength and health are deteriorating, making it difficult for bee keepers to maintain their hives. Whereas, some species of bumblebees and solitary bees are increasing while others are in serious decline.

There are a few things you can do to help the bee population:

  • Add clumps of bee-friendly plants in sunny spots throughout your garden.
  • Become a beekeeper – more info here!
  • Use pesticides sparingly
  • Provide nest sites for solitary bees

Hover flies

You’ll hear the familiar hum of hoverflies along hedgerows, in gardens and woods. Adults feed on the nectar of flowers, while the larvae are predators of aphids.  The adults are brilliant pollinators, so they should be welcomed by the gardener. Encourage them into your garden by planting nectar-rich borders.

Butterflies

Plant Butterfly friendly plants including Buddleia, Asters, Lavendar, Hebe and Verbenas.

If you are keen to help butterflies, you need to also help caterpillars. Allow weeds, brambles and nettles to grow in small areas, dandelions attract a wide range of butterflies and caterpillars. Ivy and long grasses are the more attractive solution and will encourage lots of caterpillars into your garden.

You can find out more about which plants suit your garden pollinators here!


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