How you can help bumblebees?

Bumblebees need flowers for food. If they can’t find any flowers they will starve and die. This would be terrible, so we at the Bumblebee Conservation Trust want everyone in the UK to plant lots of bumblebee-friendly flowers in their gardens.

Like us, bees need to feed throughout the year. We wouldn’t be very healthy if we could only eat during June and July - the same applies to bees. So it is really important to make sure that we plant flowers that will bloom in different seasons.

Here is a list of flowers that you could plant for each season. Download this as a pdf list to take with you to the garden centre. 

Or, why not work out how bee-friendly your garden is by using our Bee kind tool.

March and April


May and June


July and August


You can also help bumblebees by telling all your friends and teachers about the Bumblebee Conservation Trust.

If you like looking at bumblebees, you can help us by taking part in the Bee Scene survey.

You could even become a member of the Bumblebee Conservation Trust, or fundraise for us! Ask your family to check out the Support us section of this website.

“Bumblebees are one of the most endearing insect visitors to any garden. Their furry, colourful bodies and clumsy flight always raise a smile, but they also do an essential job. Without their pollination services many flowers would produce no seeds, and fruit and vegetable yields would suffer.”

Toby Buckland
TV gardener

Toby Buckland
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