Earn Your Stripes

Solitary Bee Week is a week of action and education to raise awareness of our wonderful solitary bee population. But we can't do it alone! Earn your Stripes by pledging to help the solitary bees in one or more of the following ways and you can become a solitary bee hero.

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Plant a seasonal flower or plant   Nectar rich flowers and plants provide an important source of pollen for solitary bees, who are busy pollinating our crops and ensuring that plant communities are healthy. Earn Your Stripes by planting a seasonal pollinator friendly plant in your garden, hanging basket or outdoor plant pot. You can visit the  Rosybee website  for a useful list and research on the best plants for bees.

Plant a seasonal flower or plant

Nectar rich flowers and plants provide an important source of pollen for solitary bees, who are busy pollinating our crops and ensuring that plant communities are healthy. Earn Your Stripes by planting a seasonal pollinator friendly plant in your garden, hanging basket or outdoor plant pot. You can visit the Rosybee website for a useful list and research on the best plants for bees.

Leave an exposed area of soil   Roughly 70% of solitary bees are called mining bees and nest in underground burrows up to 60cm deep. These burrows are often marked by small mounds of excavated soil. Do your bit for the bees by leaving an area of your lawn bare, or building a mound of sandy soil in a border or plant pot.

Leave an exposed area of soil

Roughly 70% of solitary bees are called mining bees and nest in underground burrows up to 60cm deep. These burrows are often marked by small mounds of excavated soil. Do your bit for the bees by leaving an area of your lawn bare, or building a mound of sandy soil in a border or plant pot.

Buy or build a bee house   Cavity nesting bees, such as red mason bees and leafcutter bees, require dry hollow tubes to lay their young. You can either buy a bee house, such as Green&Blue’s award-winning  Bee Brick  or make your very own out of recycled materials. We recommend using  this guide  from the brilliant team at Buglife.

Buy or build a bee house

Cavity nesting bees, such as red mason bees and leafcutter bees, require dry hollow tubes to lay their young. You can either buy a bee house, such as Green&Blue’s award-winning Bee Brick or make your very own out of recycled materials. We recommend using this guide from the brilliant team at Buglife.

 
Grow a wildflower patch   Although cultivated flower beds and baskets look lovely to humans, solitary bees much prefer long grass, wildflowers and nectar rich dandelions. Allow a metre square patch of your garden to grow wild, sprinkling it with seeds suggested by  Roseybee .

Grow a wildflower patch

Although cultivated flower beds and baskets look lovely to humans, solitary bees much prefer long grass, wildflowers and nectar rich dandelions. Allow a metre square patch of your garden to grow wild, sprinkling it with seeds suggested by Roseybee.

Spread the word   Give a short five-minute talk about solitary bees in your local community group or with some friends over coffee. Check out our  resources page  for factfiles, presentations and solitary bee activities.

Spread the word

Give a short five-minute talk about solitary bees in your local community group or with some friends over coffee. Check out our resources page for factfiles, presentations and solitary bee activities.

Record a solitary bee   Get involved with a recording scheme, such as  BWARS  or  The Great British Bee Count , and record a solitary bee in your garden or local park. By taking part, you will be helping experts build their understanding of how solitary bees are coping with threats including habitat loss, pesticides and climate change.

Record a solitary bee

Get involved with a recording scheme, such as BWARS or The Great British Bee Count, and record a solitary bee in your garden or local park. By taking part, you will be helping experts build their understanding of how solitary bees are coping with threats including habitat loss, pesticides and climate change.