Bumblebees are a quintessential part of our Spring and Summertime. Sadly they are struggling to survive due to fewer flowers being planted in our gardens and countryside, which provide food and a home for them.
You can find 24 species of bumblebee in the UK and there are plans to reintroduce the short haired bumblebee. Unfortunately 2 species in the UK have become extinct in the last 80 years, and other species have started to decline. With fewer flowers means less pollen and nectar that they need to survive. But all is not lost - if you have space in your gardens at home or some pots around your caravan you can help save these pollinators by planting flowers!
Bumblebees help the key ingredients in our diet to keep growing, such as peas, beans, raspberries and tomatoes. These would be hard to produce and become much more expensive to buy without the hard work of the British bumblebee.
There is a difference between, bumblebees, honey bees and solitary bees. Bumblebees are larger and hairier, which makes them perfectly suited for colder climates. Because they have extra insulation they tend to venture out on cold days, while honey bees stay inside.
Bumblebees are different to wasps and honey bees. Bumblebees do not swarm and are not aggressive. The female bumblebees are the only ones who can sting you, but they only do that if they feel threatened.
Bumblebees are social insects and you can generally find up to 400 bees living in the same nest. Each nest is ruled by a queen bee and lasts just one year. Bumblebees rarely nest in the same location two years running.
Things to help the Bumblebees
No matter how small your garden is you can help the bumblebees by planting pollen rich flowers. Pollen rich flowers include: foxgloves, lavender, geraniums, wild roses and herbs.
Here at Whitby Holiday Park we are going to be trying to help the bumblebees out by planting such flowers.
You can find out a lot more information on how to help these insects by searching for the bumblebee conservation trust online.