HOW YOU CAN HELP
Doug Purdie, co-founder of The Urban Beehive, says the best way to help bees is to plant things that flower. They love anything purple or blue.
Pesticide in urban areas is the second biggest threat.
CREATE A BUZZ
Because of our mild winters, bees don’t hibernate (unless they’re in an area that gets snow) so they need nectar year round. Grow a mix of plants so something flowers each season, especially in late winter and early spring when hives are low on honey and nectar is scarce.
INSTALL A BEE B&B
Attract solitary bees to your garden with a bee hotel. You can make one from a cored brick filled with tubes of bamboo or an untreated log with holes drilled into it. Bee hotels are also available from garden shops and online.