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The best flowering herbs for attracting bees

This week the Horticultural Trading Association guest blog shares their ideas on the top herbs for attracting bees to your garden. They are also offering you a chance to win a herb garden set that you can grow in your garden.

Bee on lavender

Herbs are the unsung heroes when it comes to enticing our furry flying friends into our gardens. Deliciously fragrant to both humans and bees, pollinators absolutely crave flowering herbs, especially those that prefer lots of sun. From our slim honeybees to our big furry bumbles, the following herbs are a must if you want to create a bee-friendly super haven in your garden.

Lavender

LavenderThere’s nothing more hypnotic than sitting in your garden watching bees collect nectar from lavender. The plant is most often grown for its fragrant, relaxing scent. The soothing aroma produces a slight calming effect when inhaled. This makes for a wonderful experience peacefully observing the bees, watching them dance softly back and forth, feeling completely connected to nature.

However the effect is slightly different for our bee friends, they go absolutely crazy for the nectar-rich plant. This is because some of the world’s highest-quality pollen is produced from lavender. This makes for some very happy, healthy bees. Furthermore, lavender is a hardy plant and easy to grow, recommended for beginner gardeners.  It flowers during the summer months.

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BeeWalk 2015 - Review of the year

By Dr Richard Comont, Bumblebee Conservation Trust, Data Monitoring Officer

First and foremost I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone that has been involved in this year’s BeeWalk survey. BeeWalk continues to grow from strength to strength, and that’s only possible because volunteers are willing to go out and monitor their local bumblebees for us – thank you!

BeeWalk is the Bumblebee Conservation Trust’s national recording scheme, which monitors the abundance of bumblebees across the UK.  The survey would be impossible without dedicated BeeWalk volunteers, who identify and count the bumblebees they see on an hour’s walk each month from March to October.

If there was one word to describe 2015, it would probably be ‘patchy’. A later spring than 2014 delayed things slightly and the season didn’t really get going until a week of sunshine during Easter.  After that it was a case of two steps forward, one step back as sunny days were replaced by gloomy skies, often several times in the same week.  This had an impact on the spring species like the Early bumblebee, which saw numbers fall – this was probably inevitable after the record-breaking spring of 2014 and represents a reversion to the mean rather than a worrying issue.

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