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Cheshire Life - - Your Cheshire Garden -

Cheshire Wildlife Trust’s Rosie Ma­son shares her ad­vice on how you can

help pro­tect bees in the county and wel­come them into your gar­den

As the days are long and warm, our gar­dens, green spa­ces and the coun­try­side be­yond are chang­ing fast. The white froth of the hedgerow bram­ble and fruit tree blos­som are fad­ing as the first small green fruits ap­pear. Hedge pars­ley and ox­eye daisies are burst­ing into bloom and there is a con­stant buzz along the lanes as in­sects are busy get­ting their fill.

Honey bees, tree bum­ble­bees, white-tailed and red-tailed bum­ble­bees are feast­ing on the abun­dant flow­ers of hedgerows, verges, heath­land, farm­land and wood­land edges as well as mak­ing fre­quent vis­its to our gar­dens – what joy.

The honey bees and bum­ble­bees are the chubby stripy gar­den vis­i­tors which we’re most fa­mil­iar with. How­ever, here in the UK, there are around 270 species of bees, most of which are soli­tary. Many, like the min­ing bee, build their nests un­der­ground, oth­ers pre­fer aerial lo­ca­tions where they of­ten seal their nests with a sali­va­like sub­stance, mud, chewed leaves, resin or sec­tions of leaves, which they cut with their jaws.

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