10 July 2021

Plantscape’s Guide to Pollinators

What is a pollinator?

There are a large variety of pollinators in the UK; the most common and well-known ones are bees. A pollinator is an insect that carries pollen by travelling from one plant to another. Bees carry pollen on their bodies, transferring it to another plant through travel or while flying, dropping it onto the plants below. Pollinators are the main component in sustaining the ecosystem, resulting in cleaner air and helping crops and produce to grow naturally.

How can we all contribute?

There are many different ways we can spread awareness and support our bees. It is as simple as including pollinator-friendly plants and flowers in our gardens. Bees must have access to the nectar in the plants to allow them to spread the plant pollen.

How to help a tired bee?

If you find a bee that is struggling, the best solution is to gently transfer it to a nearby pollinator-friendly plant or flower; it will be able to recover and carry on its work. If you see a tired bee on the floor, we suggest offering the bee a drop of sugar water on a teaspoon; this will give the bee energy to carry on. You should never give a bee any honey as it might contain chemicals which bees cannot digest. Please note that not all bees might be hurt; some might just be resting…they work very hard after all.

Three fun facts about our friendly pollinators

  1. Did you know that one-third of the fruit and vegetables we consume depends on bees? Nearly all wild plants and crops require the help of pollinators to grow.
  2. Bees have four wings. Each side is formed of one large and one small wing. They unhook when a bee is in flight.
  3. A Bristol University study has established that bees can distinguish other bees by their smell and use this to identify relative bees. This also allows them to recognise which plant has been already visited and pollinated.
bee 1
bee 2

Pollinator Friendly Range

Our range of plant-up options includes a pollinator-friendly range. This range has been popular with our clients in urban areas to boost biodiversity and the housebuilder sector and council-funded displays. The unique range brings a different dimension to floral offerings in town centres. To enquire about including the range in your floral displays, contact the team here.

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