Plan Bee Project

Plan Bee is a project to protect and boost bee numbers in parts of Lancashire and Merseyside.

Around 250 types of bee in the UK – 24 species of bumblebees (two local extinctions of bumblebee) and 225 kinds of solitary bee and honeybees.

The Wildlife Trust for Lancashire, Manchester and North Merseyside is keen to ensure that this rich diversity of insects continues with its Plan Bee.

Plan Bee, funded by the Cory Environmental Trust and Whitemoss Community Fund, is working with Knowsley, St Helens and West Lancashire councils to survey areas and encourage planting of wildflowers.

And the councils have joined in enthusiastically earmarking in excess of 50 areas, which they are happy to manage to benefit invertebrate conservation.

2017 Bee Surveys

If you would like to join in one of our upcoming Bee Surveys, please visit this link to see our 2017 schedule.

Types of bee include (click for details):


Why are Bees so important?

"Bees provide an important ecosystem service, through the pollination of plants.

"A world without bees would therefore be very different as many crops and plants require insects to pollinate them."

Ben Hargreaves, Plan Bee Project Officer

A world without bees would therefore be very different as many crops and plants require insects to pollinate them. What would a world be like without strawberries, cucumbers, carrots, apples and onions?

Scientists are unsure what the exact cause of bee decline is but it is likely to be a multitude of reasons including Pesticide use, Intensive Agriculture, Disease, parasitism (such as the vorroa mite), Loss of habitat and Loss of food resources.

In particular increasing food resources has become a major focus. For instance 97% of the Uk’s wildflower meadows have disappeared in the last 70 years.

Bee Informed...

Learn more about bees and the issues suurrounding them by clicking on these links:


Ways you can help bees 

  • Grow more bee-friendly flowers in your garden. There are hundreds to choose from but some of the common plants include borage, bellflower, crane’s-bill (geranium), forget-me-not, foxglove, fleabane, honeysuckle, lupin, mint, rosemary, scabious and wallflower. 
  • Be organic at home and at work. Don't use neonicotinoid pesticides. These pesticides appear in a range of common garden products. Avoid them and urge your local retailer to stop stocking them. Buy organic food or grow your own.
  • Bee Friendly Gardening.
  • Encourage your local authority (Parish or Town Council, Borough or District Council and the County Council) to be bee-friendly, as well as where your children go to school or college, the places you work, play sports and worship (church, mosque etc.). 

Useful Links

Bees Wasps and Ants Recording Society - http://www.bwars.com/

Landlife / National Wildflower Centre - http://wildflower.co.uk/

Bumblebee Conservation Trust - http://bumblebeeconservation.org/

Hymmetus - http://hymettus.org.uk/ 


The Plan Bee project is supported by:

        

For more details visit this link.