Make Your Own Bumble Bee Nest with our DIY Guide Over recent decades numbers of bumblebees have begun to decline, one of the main causes of this being the changes in agricultural practises that have removed the numbers of flowering plants, giving bumblebees little to feed on. One of the main ways we can try […]
“A Buzzing Hotel that helps the environment” Here at Hartley Botanic, we know how important it is to look after the animals and insects that are found within our gardens. Working in conjunction with John Walker the expert in earth-friendly gardening we developed this fun guide to help you create the most important hotel for […]
The media buzz about bee conservation is having a real effect, but virtual gardening only goes so far – and there are more immediate ways of boosting bee populations. During the last year I seem to have spent a lot of time tapping my computer keyboard to help improve the lot of bees, large and […]
It’s been a really really tough time for all insects, good and bad. This long cold winter has bee especially bad for the bees, not just honeybees and bumble bees but the solitary bees too. Imagine enduring the long cold winter to be confronted by the coldest March for decades and then finding little in […]
Clopyralid weedkiller is a ticking time bomb – but we could defuse it right now if we learnt from past mistakes.
As I write this in my little suburban garden I am surrounded by a cloud of bees. They are upon closer inspection bees of all different shapes and sizes, honey bees, solitary bees, leaf cutters and busy bumblebees. The latter always look as if they shouldn’t be able to fly, but as a saying goes […]