The Bumblebee Conservation Society have a rather nifty tool “Bee Kind” tool to help you assess how friendly to bees your garden is. Find it here.
REQUIRES Access to the internet (guessing that’s not a problem for you…?), a garden to assess and a bit of time to do the questionnaire.
HOW TO The site itself will guide you through!
CONSIDERATIONS I was quite disappointed with my own result but it’s worth bearing in mind that some people have massive gardens (I have a small yard). If you’ve got a garden with soil, instead of a paved yard, nature’s likely done a bit of the hard work for you, you’ll probably be amazed by what’s there that you haven’t planted yourself! Obviously if you’re a yard owner you kind of have to put those plants there yourself! Also remember also that it’s thought that whilst bees like variety in their nectar sources they only collect from one species at a time, so it can be a good idea to create “stands” of one species to save the bee keep flying all around your garden looking for the same flower.
HOW DOES HELP It simply helps you assess what you’ve already got, and gives you suggestions too.
BONUS REWARD If you get a high score you’ll be able to give yourself a pat on the back! 🙂
FURTHER INFO Take a look at the rest of Bumblebee Conservation’s website it’s a hive (er… sorry) of information.
Well, did you enjoy this tool, what’s your score? Remember – if you make some additions and changes this year, you will probably get an even better score next year! Let me know in the comments.