Oh what a glorious thing to see, a perked up little busy busy bee! (Amy, Nantwich)

Oh what a glorious thing to see, a perked up little busy busy bee! (Amy, Nantwich)

“This is a photo of the very weak bee I gave a helping hand to, a drink of sugar water later, after perking up, transferred onto the mountain cornflower (Centaurea Montana) to do what bees do best!”

– there are so many relevant scientific studies here so we’ll just pick a couple! This particular cornflower (Centaurea Montana) seems to be a favourite of bumblebees, compared to other bee species, according to this study (check out Fig 3): https://content.sciendo.com/view/journals/jas/58/2/article-p49.xml?tab_body=pdf-74962

In addition, the theme of biodiversity is so important to bees, & urban gardens could play an important role in encouraging a diverse range of bee species: https://royalsocietypublishing.org/doi/10.1098/rspb.2014.2849

We also rely on bees for biodiversity in nature (as important pollinators) and this is discussed nicely here: https://urbact.eu/bees-and-pollination-are-important-factors-biodiversity-well-economy