The bees need your help

We need the bees for pollination. Nearly all fruits and vegetables depend on insects for pollination. No pollination no fruit

No honey bees, no honey

Insects are part of our diverse and wonderful planet

Insects need food, especially early and late in the year when there are less wild flowers. All heathers are wonderful for bees and there are some early flowering ones. Pulmonaria flowers very early and stays in flower a long time. Look at your garden, see if you can plant more perennials and shrubs specifically attractive to insects. Many annuals are loved by insects, sow some hardy ones as soon as the weather is suitable. Marigolds, shirley poppies and cornflowers and then later on when it is warmer Zinnias and Cosmos. If you have some spare ground sow a flower mix.

If you have some spare time make up an insect hotel. This will give your solitary bees somewhere to hibernate, next winter. You can buy them, but much more fun to make your own. Goggle insect hotel for some ideas

Asiatic hornets (Frelon Asiatique) are gradually spreading and they kill and eat bees, destroying whole hives. You can spot the nest during the winter months, less easy when the leaves are on the trees. We had one on the other side of the stream, directly opposite the bee hive. Normally near some kind of water, these nests are very large and round, high up in the tree. You might think it is a bird’s nest, but look closely and you will see it is completely round. There is not a lot you can do with a nest found at this time of year as the hornets have left. A nest found in the spring and summer is likely to be active, and you should notify your Mairie. Different departments have different policies for their destruction.

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