Pollinator Highway – Bernards Heath

Welcome to our Bernards Heath Pollinator Highway page!

We hear and see that pollinators are in trouble and they are facing multiple problems. The loss of wildflower meadows, too much mowing of lawns and verges, imported pests and diseases, pesticides, modern laboratory designed plants that produce no pollen or nectar. These problems seem insurmountable but they’re really not.

We can all help by planting plants that pollinators enjoy like wildflowers or old traditional plants that the bees will love.

If you have a corner of your garden you can let run riot, all sorts of wildflowers will appear -and you can help this along by planting them. We could all mow a little less leaving grass and verges longer to let the flowers bloom. And if you feel like getting creative, check out St Albans Pottery for a fun way to create your own clay bee bombs!

Bernards Heath Wilderhood Watch joined in on our recent Meadow Walk, picking up lots of tips on how to grow a meadow. For more information, please follow the link to the main Pollinator Highway page.

​So, you do not have to be a beekeeper to keep bees! Plant them some wildflowers and they will come to you. Fantastic if you can plant a whole meadow or corner of your garden but even better if everyone planted a window box because just like 50,000 bees, 50,000 window boxes make a big difference.

A bumblebee nest starts with one queen bee in the spring but in the summer might be 300 to 400 bees. A honeybee colony might be 25,000 bees in winter but 50,000 or 60,000 bees in summer!

For more information on how to get involved, please contact Fiona at Fi.booy@stobbsfamily.com