Bumblebees nest in many different places.I found this bumblebee (Bombus terrestris) nest whilst collecting manure for some vegetable plots on an allotment site in Garston, Liverpool., where I teach school children. They are notoriously difficult to find. You could easily walk past a nest site without ever noticing it. Bumblebees are extremely important pollinators of numerous wild flowers and many vegetables and fruit we eat, such as tomatoes and strawberries. I like tomatoes and strawberries, so long may this continue! But they need our help. If we help them, then they will help us!
I was pleased to find it because being a memer of the the Bumblebee Conservation Trust,(BCT) I wanted to actively take part in some research work undertaken by them.
This involved monitoring the number of bees visiting and leaving in a 15 minute period for each week, as well as other information such as site, grid reference, weather, start time, etc. It was really interesting and for just 15 minutes observation a week….now where was that nest entrance again? !!!!!
Read more articles about the bumblebee nest box I designed.
For more information and to help save bumblebees join the Bumblebee Conservation Trust at Stirling University