1. Do not kill bees, they aren’t trying to hurt you and rarely sting (because they die if they sting) chances are they’re buzzing around you because you’re wearing a bright colour and they think you’re a flower

2. If you see one on the ground, it’s probably not dead, try feeding it some sugar water or put it on a flower so it can get energy

3. Put bee friendly flowers in your garden so they have lots of pollen and maybe put a bee house too

4. If you have a bees nest in your attic/garden/shed etc, don’t call an exterminator! Call a bee keeper instead so they can be rehomed rather than being killed

Bees are very important and must be looked after! Without bees, humans wouldn’t survive

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Now, where’s the best place in the world to discover an entirely new species? 

Basically, your own garden. You may say, “Ah ha, there won’t be anything in my garden that hasn’t been discovered.” You would be amazed. In 1971, Jennifer Owen, a biologist, did a very long-term study of her ordinary garden in a suburban house in Leicester. She discovered 533 species of ichneumon wasp, just that family of parasitic wasp. Fifteen of these had never been recorded in Britain; four of them were completely new to science. In a suburban garden. So, in your garden, if you have a garden, there will be things.

Gilbert White, the naturalist, said that nature is so full and so varied that if you want to find the place with the most variety, it’s the place you most study. It almost doesn’t matter: Just take a piece of land and look at it hard enough.

- Stephen Fry, QI, G-series, Episode 1 “Gardens”


The above moment from QI has stuck with me for years: I think of it almost every time I am outside.

Accordingly, here are some of the bees I’ve observed in my garden. I’ve identified a few, but not with much confidence. I am hoping to get a proper book that goes into more depth about the 250+ species here in Denmark.

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bbc.co.uk
One in ten wild bees face extinction in Europe - BBC News
Many of Europe's native wild bees are threatened with extinction, according to the first comprehensive assessment of risks.

I’ve photographed at least six species of bee in the forest garden here, and I believe I’ve identified ten; of these, at least one is endangered/threatened (the Shrill Carder Bee). 

The shrill carder bee, seen on my cranesbill

There are between 240 - 286 species of bee in Denmark (depending on who you ask), so I have a lot to learn about my local pollinators.

The learning starts gradually. For me, my love of photography has made me much more observant of things like which flowers different species of bee visit, and at what times of day different species forage: I follow them around trying to get a halfway decent shot, and end up learning their schedule.

I’ve been trying to spend more time observing the local area as well, seeing if there are species I don’t have here in the yard, and identifying the flowers they visit, as well as the habitats they like.

It takes time, but when you are designing your garden space, you should design it with sharing in mind: you give a little back to your biome, and you get a lot in return.


More on bees

anonymous asked:

How long have you been interested in bees?

Since I was about eleven or twelve. When I was a child I used to be somewhat afraid of them as children often are, but one day I just started noticing how beautiful and interesting they are, and around about that time my mother and I went to a lecture about beekeeping, and I’ve loved them ever since.

Red-tailed bumblebee (Bombus lapidarius) on a chive (Allium schoenoprasum) blossom.

We have a colony of these here, so I must be doing something right. They are called ‘stenhumle’ (stone bumblebees) in Danish.

I’ve been doing my best to leave as much deadnettle and clover as possible, as those are their preferred forage plants.