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Moving on

After over three years at the Bumblebee Conservation Trust, I have decided that it’s time to move on to some new challenges. While I’ll be very sad to say goodbye to my workmates and volunteers, I’ll be looking forward to seeing a bit more of the world – and of course taking the bumblebee message to new audiences!

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Controlling garden pests without pesticides

With so much concern around the use of pesticides in agriculture, it’s easy to forget that pesticides are regularly used in gardens. Pretty much anything designed to kill insects or ‘bugs’ can also kill bees, butterflies, ladybirds and whole range of insects that people like to see. So what’s the alternative for gardeners who want to control the pests that chomp their plants?

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Bumblebees and Flowers: A Complex Relationship

We have a special guest article from Dick Alderson, who has been recording bumblebees at the same site since 2008 .  He has made some interesting observations about the flowers that the bees prefer to visit...

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Fruit trees and bees

This month's guest article comes from Catherine, a gardener at Chenies Manor in Buckinghamshire. Read on to see her advice on making orchards better for bees...

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A garden with the best buzz

Any gardener knows that if you provide the plants the bees like, they will keep the garden alive with their buzz throughout the spring and summer. Because of the importance of gardens for bumblebees, the Bumblebee Conservation Trust sponsors the ‘Best Buzz’ award which is judged by Kent Wildlife Trust.

Last year’s winner was Gwen Richardson. Gwen’s garden is awash with colour in spring and summer, and a fabulous endorsement for gardening for bees. Let’s look a bit closer at the plants she’s included…

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