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.
You can help rescue a tired or bedraggled bee very easily. Either place it onto a nectar rich flower or administer bee rescue.
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.
The first bumblebees we see in late winter and early spring are the overwintered Queen bees setting up a nest
Snowdrops are the harbingers of spring. As they start to poke their noses through the cold winter ground in November […]
Look out for winter active bumblebees in your garden and report your findings to BWARS
In November 2020, Jean Vernon was awarded a very prestigious award from The Garden Media Guild for her writing about bees
Let ivy grow in the garden to support pollinators and other wildlife
As autumn arrives the UK’s last emerging solitary bee appears in our gardens feeding on the common ivy that clothes our walls and houses
For a great bee plant in late summer look no further than the purple cone flower