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How Good the World can Bee!

Just half a minute to take in the view of Hergest Ridge and the wildflowers sitting above the stream is all it takes to set me up for the day. It’s easy to appreciate the people around us, the staff and guests who look after the grounds for others to enjoy; but sometimes the humble bumble can be overlooked. After all, a lot of what we enjoy wouldn’t be here without the bumblebee!

So here’s a brief list of what we do to look after them…

1.      Go easy on the wildflowers

Dunfield’s ground has been worked on over the years for all of us to enjoy. We have planted, weeded and raked the grounds for as long as we can remember. Although a lot of the wildflowers have tiptoed in themselves, we are more than welcome for them to stay. Bees love them, therefore we do too! Visit Bumble Bees conservation’s guide to see what makes a good garden for bees!

2.      We all need to drink, right?

We have more in common with bees than you might have first thought. Bumblebees need to keep hydrated too. We are lucky enough to have a stream running through the grounds for them to quench their thirst and energize their buzz, but they’ll be just as grateful for a small bowl of water too.

It is becoming more common to find dozy bees; it could be that they need a little pick me up. When we might enjoy a coffee, bees prefer a drop of water and a teaspoon of sugar according to RSPB. We have done this a few times and it seems to do the trick!

 

3.      We provide a shelter for all

We have group accommodation for big and small… the smallest being about 2cm! Our guest bees are welcome to take residence in our insect hotel, with penthouse options available. This is placed in a shaded area, perfect for bees to take a well-deserved rest, or set up for the summer. Perhaps you could make your own?

4.      Keeping it natural

We don’t use pesticides at Dunfield. If anything is getting a bit overgrown, a quick trim doesn’t go amiss! If you feel pesticides are your only option, without getting too technical, neonicotinoids are the ones to steer clear of. The plants suck up all the chemicals which can be deadly to the insects snacking on the pollen- sadly these include bees.

Hopefully you found our list helpful, giving you a few ideas that you could use in your own garden. If you have any tips of your own we would love to hear them, so please leave any comments below!