Bees in the borough

Welcome to our bees in the borough page for all the information you need on supporting Lambeth’s bees and other pollinators.

Bees in the borough

Why are pollinators important?

Pollinators, including bees, butterflies and moths are responsible for pollinating many of our food crops. Without them, we would see lower yields from crops such as apples, pears, strawberries, raspberries, tomatoes and field beans and it is likely that more of our fresh fruit and vegetables would need to be imported.

Why do they need our help?

Recently there has been a decline in pollinator numbers. There are a number of reasons for this including the loss of basic habitat such as sources of food and nesting sites, fewer hedgerows and wildflower rich grasslands and the increased use of pesticides.

What can we do to help?

  • Plant

You can help pollinators by thinking about the plants you grow in your garden, window boxes or on your patio or balcony. Even in the smallest space, you can help pollinators to thrive. The Royal Horticultural Society provide a list of plants which are perfect for pollinators and it’s now very easy to pick up wildflower seed mixes that have been created specifically to attract bees and butterflies.

  • Build

Creating ‘bug hotels’ provides space for pollinators and other bugs to hibernate and lay eggs. By providing shelter you can help to increase the number of beneficial insects in your garden, which will in turn help to control pests that damage fruit, flowers and vegetables. Visit the Bugs Life website for some great ‘bug hotel’ ideas.

Lambeth Wildflower seeds

If you picked up a packet of seeds from us at the Lambeth Country Show, don’t forget to sow them!

We’d love to see pictures of your wildflowers in bloom along with any pollinators they attract! Please tweet them to us @EnviroLambeth or email them to us at environmentlambeth@lambeth.gov.uk.

You can also plot your growing space on the Bug Life map to help us to build up a picture of habitats across the borough.

We will continue to work to improve pollinator habitats over the coming years and have signed up to participate in the B-Line project, so please follow us to keep up to date with latest news and how you can get involved.

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