The Ashy Mining bee is just one of the 65 or so Andrena species in the UK. These are the ground nesting bees that excavate their nests in close mown areas of the lawn, bare soil and sunny banks.


As spring starts in earnest you will start to see large, fluffy bees bombing around your gardens. You might hear them first as they resemble low flying helicopters as they navigate their way around foraging for food and surveying for a suitable nest site.


The Hairy Footed Flower Bee (Anthophora plumipes) is one of the earliest emerging solitary bees. By the end of February and into early March the male of the species climbs out of his egg chamber and into the sunlight.