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Bumble Bee Hotel by www.londonclaybirds.co.uk


May - June


Foxglove, Comfrey,


Lupin. Geranium, Campanula, Chives, Cotoneaster, Honeysuckle, Sage, Catmint, Vipers bugloss.


July onwards Buddleia, Lavender, Marjoram, Sunflower, Cornflower, Heathers, Hollyhocks.


Aim to provide a range of different shaped


flowers. This maximizes


the feeding opportunities to more bees as each species have different tongue lengths. South facing borders are particularly good as they provide a nice warm, sheltered habitat for many types of bee and an ideal place to put homemade or bought bee houses.


encourage as many bees as possible into our


gardens is to provide


flowers throughout the bee season from March to mid September. (See the list below). Indeed if we could all plant one flower from each season


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– this really would make a huge difference to our stripy friends.


March - April Bluebell, Rosemary, Lungwort, Pussy willow, Winter flowering heather.


Other ways to help encourage bees is to build them a nice artificial ‘des- res’ in your garden or to hang one on a wall. Organisations such as the Bumblebee Conservation Trust have some great designs – many of which can be very cheap and easy to make – and comprise of nothing more than an upturned plant pot and a


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