Many types of bees, butterflies and other pollinators are declining around the world. Bees need food and a home. You can help them thrive in the city and bring the buzz back to your neighbourhood by planting flowers that they love.
There are lots of ways that you can get involved. You can:
- plant flowers that bees love and that will provide them with a feast at different times of year. Follow the RSPB’s step-by-step guide or pick a plant with the Royal Horticultural Society. The Royal Horticultural Society and London Wildlife Trust also have helpful advice on drought resistant gardening.
- turn one square metre of your garden into a ‘plot for pollinators’. You can find out how on the Butterfly Conservation website
- give insects a home in your neighbourhood by following Friends of the Earth’s advice to build a bee hotel or make a bug a home with Buglife
- find out how to make your garden ‘bee kind’ with Bumblebee Conservation
Why do we need to plant for bees?
We rely on bees and other pollinators – including butterflies, moths and hoverflies – for growing lots of our favourite foods, and for the flowers in our parks and gardens to flourish. They are vital for our health, wealth and wellbeing.
Many of these insects are in decline. But with our help, they can thrive in the city. Bees need food – nectar and pollen from flowers – and a home: somewhere to nest and rest. Bring the buzz back to your neighbourhood!