Bumblebees and their ecology

Bee Festival Saturday 30th and Sunday 31st July 2016 With all these free activities and lectures, at Ryton Organic Gardens, if you do manage to get a minute, come and meet me at my stall with my Nurturing Nature award winning bee boxes!! Activities Free talks, walks and plants Free entry to Ryton Organic Gardens […]

Six queens persuaded to nest 2016…. not all were successful I derive great pleasure in attracting queen bumblebees to nest in my wildlife garden. Its a part of spring/summer for me! This year I persuaded 6 to start nesting. I had two successful nest boxes. By successful I mean when I attract a queen to nest, she […]

Kew Gardens take possession of award winning wild bee nest boxes Nurturing Nature Bumblebee nest boxes formed part of the huge and impressive “Hive”  as well as being used elsewhere at Kew for bumblebee research by Dr. Hauke Koch ” The bumblebee boxes worked well although the wet weather did not help the bumblebees!” “The solitary […]

The Gladiator bumblebee, Bombus vestalis, is a cuckoo bumblebee Yes we have all heard of cuckoo birds. Cuckoos and their rather anti social behaviour are known to many people. But did you know there are species of bees and wasps that are also cuckoos? Queen bumblebees emerging after hibernation may have to fight to the death […]

Garden Bumblebee Nest. Information from the Bumblebee Conservation Trust I have had many bumblebee nests in my wildlife garden sharing it with my family and dogs. Personally I showed my own children where the nests were to be found in the garden. Similarly on allotment sites where I taught children. We watched them together busy […]

Pesticides and Bees:Keeping Bees Safe In Our Gardens Research Project  Prof. Dave Goulson and Walacea (Back science you believe in) have joined forces to help you to help bees and buy truly bee friendly flowers. To get some background information read my article, ‘How friendly are bee ‘friendly’ plants from garden centres?‘ Read on to enter competition. […]

Effectively castrated by the nematode Sphaerularia bombi, these queen bumblebees cannot nest The queen becomes a surrogate mother for the nematode worms When hibernating in the soil, the fertilised female nematode, Sphaerularia bombi, which only infects bumblebee queens, enters the body of the queen bumblebee and lays her eggs inside her. When the queen emerges in […]

Bees and apple pollination, a bite sized view! Scientists have researched which species pollinates these apples and how much is it worth in the UK. You can download their paper  Apple Pollination: Demand Depends on Variety and Supply Depends on Pollinator Identity. Garratt et al 2016 or use the image!!! Now, where’s my new improved  orchard bee […]

Garden Bumblebees Talk and Presentation A talk by local expert George Pilkington on garden bumblebees, their ecology, pests, bumblebee decline, forage and his own innovative bumblebee nest boxes. Tuesday 26th April 2016 Risley Moss Nature Reserve 7.00pm – 8.30pm Cost £2 per person-Inlcudes light refreshments George is kindly donating any money generated to the Risley Moss […]

Flint and District Beekeepers Presentation I enjoy giving presentations to honeybee keepers. Many of them are keen ‘experts’ in honeybees and very knowledgeable about them. Its rather nice when they ask me to tell them about garden bumblebees or solitary bees. I loosely class my self as a wild beekeeper! So its nice to exchange […]