GREAT BRITISH BEE COUNT
Last year over 16,000 people took part in the Great British Bee Count which was featured on the BBC’S “Springwatch”. They recorded more than 300,000 bees providing valuable information that can be used to protect these precious pollinators.
Suitable for all ages, the Great British Bee Count takes place this year between 17th May and 30th June and if you’d like to take part you can register at www.greatbritishbeecount.co.uk.
When I registered, I was amazed to learn how many different species of bee there are — we have over 260 in Britain! I’ve also found out from the website how to make my garden more bee-friendly. Suggestions include growing pollen and nectar-rich flowers of different shapes from tubular to open-headed; keeping some weeds such as dandelions and clover; making sure there is a shallow bowl of clean rainwater with some pebbles in the bottom for bees to land on in hot weather; planting through the seasons so there is always food, and, of course, avoiding pesticides.