Evidence suggests that bees are less healthy and abundant in recent years than they have been in the past. If this trend continues, it will have serious implications, since many plants rely on bees and other insects, such as hoverflies to transfer pollen from one flower to another in order to set fruits and seeds.
Bees can be categorised into three broad groups.
There are several problems:
There is no one simple answer and the problems facing the honeybee are different to those affecting bumblebees and solitary bees.
Several factors have been identified as probable contributory causes of honeybee decline.
Bumblebees and solitary bees are not attacked by Varroa mite. The main problems affecting them are loss of suitable habitat.This affects them in two ways.
Gardeners can help bees in a number of ways;
Bees: encouraging into your gardenBirds: encouraging into your gardenButterflies: encouraging into your gardenEncouraging amphibiansMoths: encouraging into your gardenRHS Perfect for Pollinator plant listsThe British Beekeepers' AssociationWildlife: helping through winterWomen's Institute: Campaign for honeybees
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Patricia Leah on 21/05/2014
There has been swarms of tree bumblebees looking to nest in the eaves of our house and other houses in our street. Have other gardeners noticed this happening in their area? Trish, Warrington.
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