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Litt le Cooks Do your bit to help bees in the garden this summer...


ur little furry friends, the bees, need our help to survive. Their homes are in decline and they are disappearing from our gardens. That's bad news in more ways than one. Aside from providing us with honey (a delicious and nutritious


What � a p� linator?


A pollinator is an insect,


bird or bat that takes pollen between fl owering plants. This means the plants can make seeds and reproduce (have babies).


Have fun with your choice of planting containers


Whilst fl ower pots of all shapes and


sizes are great, you can also recycle other containers such as old buckets, watering cans or


Why not give your garden a nature friendly plot?


It doesn't need to be a big space, it can be


tucked away in an unused corner, or somewhere where the grass is allowed to grow so you can scatter wildfl ower seeds. Not only will you be treated to visiting bees but a whole array of pollinating insects!


Bees also need to drink water


If you are lucky enough to have a bird table, you can make it easy for bees to take advantage


of a welcome drink by popping a pebble or stone in the water for insects to sit on.


60 | THE WEST COUNTRY FOODLOVER


empty (clean) food containers. These can be decorated and used to create a lovely display. The trick is to let your imagination run wild! Make sure that your containers haven’t been used to store any nasty chemicals and be sure to clean them and make some little drainage holes in the bottom.


food source) bees are some of our planet's top pollinators! Without them, we would lose many of our favourite foods and plants. With a few simple steps we can all play our part in protecting and helping our little friends. By making our gardens more bee-friendly we can reverse the bad bits and get our gardens growing again!§


BEE helpful


Be creative with these insect friendly ideas:


BEE HOTELS


Bee hotels are a great way to provide shelter and nesting for all


kinds of bees. Garden centres and wildlife trusts have lots to choose from and you


can even have a go at making one of your own. Many bee friendly organisations have online instructions for making bee hotels, including: www.rhs.org.uk


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