Bee Identification Downloads

Amazing bee identification poster

Identify the types of bee in your garden with this amazing poster

 

Buff-tailed bumblee by Gilliane Sills

Can you spot all these different types of bumblebee buzzing in your garden?

Gardening for wildlife

Wildlife gardening

By gardening sympathetically for wildlife, you'll be rewarded by a truly natural outdoor space.

Save our bees

Please join your local wildlife trust today

Please join your local wildlife trust today

Please join your local wildlife trust today

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British bees need your help!

Heavy use of toxic sprays on flowers, intensive agriculture and a reduction in the number of insect pollinated crops has brought about a huge drop in bee populations. Urbanisation and loss of habitat have hit bees hard. Indeed some wild bee species are close to extinction. Never more so than now, bees need your support.

Things you can do at home to help bees

Bumblebees will use the smell of an abandoned rodent's or bird's nest as a cue to the presence of a suitable nesting site.

Plant a bee banquet

Bees come in all shapes and sizes, so it's important to grow a range of things to suit all tastes.

Let your garden go wild
  • Leave a small area of your garden to go wild to provide bee nesting sites. Carder bumblebees will make their nest in long, tussocky grass.
  • Leave some ground alone through the summer months. Bumblebees will create nests in undisturbed compost heaps or underneath hedgerows.
  • Create an underground nest site by digging a hole, putting a ball of moss or dry grass in the bottom and covering with a slab so as to leave a small entrance.
Build a bee hotel
  • Watch our video of Naturalist Nick Baker to learn how to make your very own bee hotel. It's cheap and fun to make, and provides somewhere for bees and other insects to hibernate and lay their eggs.
  • Or download our insect home activity sheet for more tips.
Join your local Wildlife Trust

Bee friendly plants

Bee on mallow by Kevin Wailes

If you'd like to attract more bees to your garden, download our list of planting ideas and top tips here.

How to make a bee home

Nick Baker shows us to build a bee home. A fun activity for adults and children!

Watch video

How to make an insect hotel

Build an insect hotel

Build an insect hotel to help give solitary bees a place to make their nest. Download our activity sheet to find out how.