Happy BEE week

Happy BEE week

Even though bees hibernate in winter it doesn’t mean we can’t throw them a party, does it? Well, that’s what we did. The week of 28 November we celebrated the three year ban on neonicotinoids (neonics) in the UK. Neonics, used as a pesticide on for example oilseed...
Digbeth Community Garden update

Digbeth Community Garden update

The Garden is currently in hibernation, but we had short gardening sessions throughout winter where we have been scoping out an area for water-harvesting and tidying the place up. The pizza oven is staying dry under its new shelter, despite the rain. The pond could do...
happy BEE week

happy BEE week

Even though bees hibernate in winter it doesn’t mean we can’t throw them a party, does it? Well, that’s what we did. The week of 28 November we celebrated the three year ban on neonicotinoids (neonics) in the UK. Neonics, used as a pesticide on for example oilseed...
Where have all the bees gone?

Where have all the bees gone?

Although bumblebees and honeybees are closely related, their strategies for surviving the winter are quite different. Despite maintaining a colony throughout the summer, it is the bumblebee queens alone that hibernate during the winter months. The last brood produced...
#happyBEEweek. Bee no.1

#happyBEEweek. Bee no.1

As part of our #happyBEEweek (28 Nov – 4 Dec) celebrations we counted down the 5 most spotted bees and the 5 most popular plants which were recorded during the Great British Bee Count. THE MOST SPOTTED BEE was the White-tailed Bumble Bee which is widespread and a...