The UK’s bee population is rapidly decreasing. This is because many flowers are being removed from our landscape. Hence, leaving bees with very little to feed on. Without bees, our flowers and crops will not be pollinated, many wildflowers would disappear and many fruits and vegetables will not be able to be produced.
What you can do to become bee-friendly
However, you can help save the bees! Plant bee-friendly flowers that are plentiful in pollen and nectar from spring until late summer (March until October). Roses, sunflowers, tulips, daffodils, cornflowers, bluebells, geraniums, camellias, dahlias and poppies are all good for bees. This will ensure a good supply of pollen at all crucial times, such as when queen bees are establishing nests or when nests are growing. Get planting! You can also check out Bumblebee Conservation Trust for more information on how you can help.
Bumblebee Conservation Trust
The Bumblebee Conservation Trust aim to support the conservation of bumblebees. They also aim to raise awareness of the benefits that bumblebees provide and ensure their Trust remains sustainable.
Red Deer Village Holiday Park
Red Deer Village Holiday Park aims to protect bumblebee species. It has now taken the Honey Bee Friendly Park pledge, created by David Bellamy and the British Beekeepers Association. It has also retained the David Bellamy Gold Conservation Award for many years. As well as receiving special recognition for its wildflowers and hedgerows, which improves habitat for bees, butterflies and many other types of wildlife.
David Bellamy Conservation Trust
The David Bellamy Conservation Awards were designed to reward holiday and residential parks for the work they’ve done to protect and enhance the UK’s natural environment. It is one of the longest running green tourism awards in the UK. Assessors look for a range of items, including parks trying to:
- improve the natural wildlife of their parks
- reducing their energy and water usage
- reducing, reusing and recycling waste
- supporting local communities