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Plants for bees. A fluffy bumblebee feeding on a plume thistle (Cirisium rivulare)

Pollinator Conservation

Beekeepers tend to focus on honeybees but Britain has over 200 species of solitary bee and 20 species of bumblebees. Bees are not the only pollinators. Butterflies, hover-flies, moths and wasps all have their part to play in making our gardens more beautiful and our fields more productive.


Let's not forget though, that these creatures were around long before humans appeared on the scene. These insects and their less showy counterparts are a key part of the natural world and they also provide food for bats, birds and small mammals. Over the last few decades many of our native insect species have fallen into decline and some are even on the verge of extinction.  


The state of our insects reflects the state of our environment. Intensive farming, pesticides and urbanisation continue to damage habitats in hedgerows, farms and wild places. We can't turn back the clock but we can all do a little bit to help - even if its just planting something tasty for them in the garden.

Plants for bees. A bumblebee on a white allium flower_edi
Pearl bordered fritillary on Ajuga reptans. Planting for pollinators.
By Gilles San Martin under

Insect conservation organisations provide great information about the best plants for bees and butterflies plus lots of other information about helping these important but often overlooked creatures - check out some of our favourites. 

Perfect for Pollinators


"We have a vision to create a world where bumblebees are thriving and valued. Our mission is to increase the number and distribution of bumblebees."


"We have raised awareness of the drastic decline in butterflies and moths, and created widespread acceptance that action needs to be taken. Through our conservation work, we have also begun to reverse the decline of several of our most threatened species."


"If we and the rest of the back-boned animals were to disappear overnight, the rest of the world would get on pretty well. But if the invertebrates were to disappear, the world's ecosystems would collapse." Sir David Attenborough

Plants for bees. Yellow fennel heads with other purple flowers in the garden - Harry's Honey
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