The morning sessions took place indoors which was good as it was raining this morning. By the afternoon the sun had come out and we were taken on a guided tour of the Park, focussing on areas where we might be able to find some pollinators. One of the places we investigated was the Physik Garden
We learned loads of interesting things including how honey bees, though obviously valuable for producing honey, are, in this country at least less valuable pollinators than many native bumblebees and can also provide threats to the health of bumble bees by carrying diseases and competing for food. So the advice seems to be to limit the number of honey bee hives to allow for the bumblebees to prosper.
I was interested to find out that common carder bees nest on the ground and that their name comes from the fact that they gather (or 'card') moss and other vegetation to make their nests.
We found out lots of information about how to make orchards and gardens more pollinator friendly (some of this information can be found on the Butterfly Conservation website here.)
There were lots of bees everywhere including this small solitary bee
National Lottery Community Fund). You can find out what's happening at the park here.
Butterfly Conservation works across the UK, helping to conserve butterflies and moths and holding events to increase awareness and enjoyment of these insects. You can find out what's on in your local area here.
Read about Protecting Britain's Butterflies on the Upgardener website.