Honey bees, bumblebees and a range of solitary bees are insects living in an array of different habitats all over the world. These little insects play a vital part in our economic and ecological systems by pollinating many flowering plants and trees, these include many crops for food and other natural materials.
Across the world, many bee populations are in decline. The threats they face mean that nearly 1 in 10 of Europe’s wild bee species are facing extinction. As a result of both climate change and the use of harmful pesticides, these threats are not only disrupting bee behaviour, they are harming bee health too.
Here we share why bees are important to the Great British outdoors and our top tips to create the ultimate bee-friendly garden at home.