If you look closely at flowering plants in your garden chances are, you’ll spot at least one species of bumblebee. The large, hairy bees are usually black with varying degrees of yellow banding and are social insects that live in colonies of up to 200 workers. We have pollinators, such as the bumblebee, to thank for around every third mouthful of what we eat.
With the continuing decline in bumblebee numbers across the globe, linked to changes in the way we farm and use pesticides, it is now more important than ever to do your bit to help. You can do this by growing different flowers and shrubs that are full of nectar and pollen to ensure they have abundant feeding grounds throughout the year. You can also help bumblebees by providing them somewhere to nest. In spring, queen bumblebees will be searching for nest sites, they’ll be attracted to gardens where they can find plenty of food and safe places to nest low the ground.
Wildlife World care passionately about bumblebees and have come up with a range of habitats and special flower mixes to encourage bumblebees into your garden.