Bees are a busy species – and habitat loss has made their lives significantly more difficult. The European conservation group Buglife estimates this loss would lead to the disappearance or a reduction of nine out 10 miles of road.
The group will restore and create 150,000 hectares of flower-rich land to help pollinators get back on track. B-LinesTo assist bees to move around the UK
These pollen-stuffed ‘superhighways’They are being mapped across the nation, but you can think of your garden in terms of their motorway services. As well as planting flowers – shrubs, climbers, hedges and trees are important, too – consider building a bee hotel where solitary bees can lay their eggs. TThe Woodland Trust has a good blueprint.
A drinking station is also a good idea for bumblebees. To give bees something to eat, the Wildlife Trusts recommend that you fill a shallow dish, saucer, or plant pot tray with pebbles. Fill it slightly with water so it covers the bottom of the saucer but doesn’t submerge the pebbles. Then, they can quench their thirst by drinking water.
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