Diversity in bees
The Importance of bees in the garden
Bee diversity in the garden
A diverse range of insects indicates a healthy garden. The gardeners in our medicinal herb garden in the UK have spotted 22 different types of bees!
Honeybees are common. Each hive holds up to 50,000 individuals.
Bumblebees have rapidly declined. Our garden has 13 types.
Hairy-footed flower bees are solitary and usually found in cities.
Field cuckoo bees lay their eggs in other bees' nests.
Gooden's nomad bees love buttercups and forget-me-nots.
Mining bees collect pollen on their hind legs.
Blue mason bees are popular in domesticated orchard hives.
Small scissor bees are the UK's smallest bee.
What’s causing bee decline?
Our wild bee species are facing extinction. Scientists warn this is due to habitat loss, climate change, modern intensive farming and pesticide use.
What's causing the decline in bees?
Diversity means stability, which is why we have always had many flowers and have created beds with flowering plants for the benefit of good insects.
Wild Bees indicate a healthy garden
"Bees often specialise in certain plants, so they are a reliable indicator of high biodiversity. " – Pierre Klapper, Head Gardener, France & Switzerland
Planting food for bees
Welcoming bees to your garden can be boosted by providing a bee hotel, attracting solitary species of wild bees who lack a colony and bring diversity.
Sunhives and wild hives at Weleda