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Very useful lists of plants that pollinating insects love!

From the RHS Website:
We have compiled two downloadable plant lists to help gardeners identify plants that will provide nectar and pollen for bees and many other types of pollinating insects:

RHS Perfect for Pollinators – Garden Plants

RHS Perfect for Pollinators - Wildflowers
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#1
Hadn't seen this list before.
Useful to me & our local Bee Keeper's Group - will take this list to our Show at village fete tomorrow. Thanks.
#2
Anybody else noticed that bee numbers are dramatically down this year.

Area where I would normally see loads of bees now have only one or two.
#3
jamgin
Anybody else noticed that bee numbers are dramatically down this year.

Area where I would normally see loads of bees now have only one or two.

That's interesting I've noticed more bees where I live whereas previous years we've only had a few. In fact the other day one came and sat on my shoulder and was looking at me. Luckily it didn't sting me but it was very close to my face oO
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What - no saving £48? oO
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jamgin
Anybody else noticed that bee numbers are dramatically down this year.

Area where I would normally see loads of bees now have only one or two.

I've had loads more bees than normal this year. My jasmine was absolutely swarming with them!
#6
brett95
jamgin
Anybody else noticed that bee numbers are dramatically down this year.

Area where I would normally see loads of bees now have only one or two.

That's interesting I've noticed more bees where I live whereas previous years we've only had a few. In fact the other day one came and sat on my shoulder and was looking at me. Luckily it didn't sting me but it was very close to my face oO

Me too, loads here in Berkshire. We even had a nest in one of the upper air bricks, lovely to see them buzzing around. BTW, bees won't sting unless frightened/agitated, it's a death wish for them! Just keep calm and they go away, as will wasps. People usually get stung because they panic and flap around! I get loads of bees coming in to my glass kitchen extension and regularly rescue them and put them back outside by gently catching them either on a fluffy duster (they seem to be attracted to its blue colour) or if they are a bit dopey due to being in there a while on my open hand. I've even hand fed them sugar solution when they are weak and have never been stung.
#7
kathyg
brett95
jamgin
Anybody else noticed that bee numbers are dramatically down this year.

Area where I would normally see loads of bees now have only one or two.

That's interesting I've noticed more bees where I live whereas previous years we've only had a few. In fact the other day one came and sat on my shoulder and was looking at me. Luckily it didn't sting me but it was very close to my face oO

Me too, loads here in Berkshire. We even had a nest in one of the upper air bricks, lovely to see them buzzing around. BTW, bees won't sting unless frightened/agitated, it's a death wish for them! Just keep calm and they go away, as will wasps. People usually get stung because they panic and flap around! I get loads of bees coming in to my glass kitchen extension and regularly rescue them and put them back outside by gently catching them either on a fluffy duster (they seem to be attracted to its blue colour) or if they are a bit dopey due to being in there a while on my open hand. I've even hand fed them sugar solution when they are weak and have never been stung.

I know they don't like to sting, bit of a bad design for the poor bee. If one comes in the house they go straight to the window luckily so we just open that and the door and they soon make their way back out. Wasps on the other hand I don't like, I wouldn't kill one but the fact that they can sting multiple times i don't like especially for me as I do suffer from allergies (I don't know whether I'm allergic to them though never been stung (touch wood) ) Of course the king of them all is the hornet I've only seen them a couple of times and they are huge. Now if I'm scared of any that would be the one. :)
#8
brett95
kathyg
brett95
jamgin
Anybody else noticed that bee numbers are dramatically down this year.

Area where I would normally see loads of bees now have only one or two.

That's interesting I've noticed more bees where I live whereas previous years we've only had a few. In fact the other day one came and sat on my shoulder and was looking at me. Luckily it didn't sting me but it was very close to my face oO

Me too, loads here in Berkshire. We even had a nest in one of the upper air bricks, lovely to see them buzzing around. BTW, bees won't sting unless frightened/agitated, it's a death wish for them! Just keep calm and they go away, as will wasps. People usually get stung because they panic and flap around! I get loads of bees coming in to my glass kitchen extension and regularly rescue them and put them back outside by gently catching them either on a fluffy duster (they seem to be attracted to its blue colour) or if they are a bit dopey due to being in there a while on my open hand. I've even hand fed them sugar solution when they are weak and have never been stung.

I know they don't like to sting, bit of a bad design for the poor bee. If one comes in the house they go straight to the window luckily so we just open that and the door and they soon make their way back out. Wasps on the other hand I don't like, I wouldn't kill one but the fact that they can sting multiple times i don't like especially for me as I do suffer from allergies (I don't know whether I'm allergic to them though never been stung (touch wood) ) Of course the king of them all is the hornet I've only seen them a couple of times and they are huge. Now if I'm scared of any that would be the one. :)

Actually I know the gardens at one of my local parks has got flowers that attract bees and there was a lot. It was nice to see them all busy collecting their pollen.
#9
Bees galore this year. I threw meadow flower seeds around the garden and it's gone wild. Thanks for post.
#10
kathyg
brett95
jamgin
Anybody else noticed that bee numbers are dramatically down this year.

Area where I would normally see loads of bees now have only one or two.

That's interesting I've noticed more bees where I live whereas previous years we've only had a few. In fact the other day one came and sat on my shoulder and was looking at me. Luckily it didn't sting me but it was very close to my face oO

Me too, loads here in Berkshire. We even had a nest in one of the upper air bricks, lovely to see them buzzing around. BTW, bees won't sting unless frightened/agitated, it's a death wish for them! Just keep calm and they go away, as will wasps. People usually get stung because they panic and flap around! I get loads of bees coming in to my glass kitchen extension and regularly rescue them and put them back outside by gently catching them either on a fluffy duster (they seem to be attracted to its blue colour) or if they are a bit dopey due to being in there a while on my open hand. I've even hand fed them sugar solution when they are weak and have never been stung.

Good to hear that some people are getting lots of bees. I'm in the midlands so may be a local effect.
#11
this is great for me as we have a hive in our wall cavity out the back of the house

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