Things are really kicking off for our teams around the country now, with much news to share! In Stirling, we have been busy putting the finishing touches to the Bees for Everyone launch. It’s like Christmas in the office, with new materials arriving every day!
We have now had our first look at the new website, but the thing I really wanted to get my hands on was the Bee kind gardening tool. As an interested and keen gardener, I have learned so much about bee-friendly gardening through helping to develop this tool. Now any time I visit to the garden centre, I know which plants to choose: I go quickly past the pansies, petunias and begonias – which, incidentally, is what the bees do too! Hopefully you all find this as useful as I have.
Aside from that, our conservation team around the country have been getting out and liaising with farmers and land managers. We hope to work with these groups to provide more habitat (more flowers!) for some of the most threatened bumblebees. This has taken the team members to some areas which are excellent for bumblebees and, to their joy, they’ve spotted some of the very rare species already!
Sam, our Conservation Officer for East England, saw her first ever Brown-banded carder bee last week, when visiting Cliffe Pools RSPB reserve in North Kent. Sam had been at the reserve because the RSPB wanted advice on creating flower-rich areas on the site, which has four of the most threatened bumblebee species.