Create a bee street
Join forces with your neighbours to create a bee street...
By getting together, you can brighten up where you live and help bees and other pollinating insects, by creating a corridor of wildflower patches or spaces along your street. Bees and other pollinators get even more out of wildflowers if they can visit a number of wildflower patches at the same time. In towns and cities, this is particularly important because they can struggle to find food.
By working with your neighbours to create as many wildflower patches as possible, you can help bees to find their way from one habitat to another and give them a helping hand. And of course, your native wildflowers will look great too!
Why do bees and other pollinators need our help?
The honey bee population in the UK has halved in the last 25 years. Exact reasons for these declines aren’t known but include:
- shrinking habitats
- pests and diseases
- the use of pesticides and fertilisers on crops
- recent poor summers
And we’re not just losing bees. Three-quarters of butterfly species and two-thirds of moths have seen their populations go down since the 1970s.
If pollinating insects can’t move around, they go hungry, their breeding pools become smaller and the species become less resistant to pests and diseases. So your bee street could make bees (and other insects) very happy!
Why are bees so important?
Bees don’t just make honey in hives; they perform a vital job that helps continue the life cycle of plants and crops.
As bees flit from flower to flower searching for nectar to feed on, their bodies pick up grains of pollen from one plant and transfer them to the reproductive parts of another.
So both flowers and bees get something out of the visits. The flowers provide food for the bees and in return, they get some pollen so they can reproduce. Without this process, many flowers and crops like strawberries, apples, and pears would disappear.
How do I create a bee street?
Once you've sourced some wildflower seeds, just follow the four simple steps below to create your very own bee street.
Get together with your friends and family and draw up a plan of action. Give your bee street a name such as the ‘Hill Street Bees’.
Knock on your neighbours’ doors and find out if they’d like to get involved. Take an adult with you if you’re under 18.
Remember that you don’t need a big space in which to sow your seeds. Even a flower pot on a doorstep will help as long as it gets some sunshine.
Have fun together preparing your patches and sowing your seeds. Combine efforts and hold a neighbourhood seed-sowing party, sharing available tools and helping each other with the preparation and sowing.
Don’t forget to tell us how your bee street gets on. Take pictures! Show us which flowers appear first and which are doing best and of course, let us know when you see bees and other pollinators. Share your photos on social media using the hashtag #GrowWild
Did you know...
Albert Einstein once said: “If the bee disappeared off the face of the earth, man would only have four years left to live.” That’s food for thought!