Did you know that a third of the world’s food production depends on pollination mainly by bees?
Or that bees are estimated to contribute over £400 million to the UK economy, propping up the £100 billion per-year food and drink industry in Britain?
Fortunately, the last few years has seen far more attention and importance attached to bees, including through the excellent work of organisations such as the Bumblebee Conservation Trust and the British Beekeepers’ Association .
But perhaps all of us should be trying to find out more, or at least be able to distinguish between some of the main UK species (although I am not expecting you to be able to recognise all 270 UK species!)
Urban Bees has teamed up with amazing insect photographer, Penny Metal, to create a month-by-month visual guide to help spot the most common bees in our parks and gardens. [Penny has kindly agreed that we can reproduce her images here].
These are the bees you can see in March –
And this is a fascinating short film showing the life of London bees.