Wildlife ‘corridors’, growing native plants, fruit trees and small ponds all create a haven for the bees says Jules Moore, a beekeeper and gardener
As a keen gardener, I love to see bees and other pollinating insects working away in my garden. They do a marvellous job of boosting harvests and I know when the apple tree blossom is at its best, as the trees will hum with honeybees from my hives! Keeping honeybees is great fun and very rewarding, but you can support them and other vital insects in a variety of other ways. Over 90 per cent of bees in the UK are solitary ones, who are docile, non-stinging and live in small nests in the ground, walls or rotting timber. Bumblebees and other solitary bees are not seen in such great numbers as honeybees, but they all need our support, particularly after the awful weather we had last year.