What if we told you that by planting a handful of Wildflower Seeds, you’d be contributing towards the preservation of the few remaining species of Bumblebee in the UK? Would it inspire you? Or perhaps you’ve no interest at all. - In any case, we ask that you take a moment to read this post and carefully consider how the following scenarios would make you feel:
Which of the two scenarios do you prefer? We’d wager number one, as number two just doesn’t feel quite right does it?
The Bumblebee is an important indicator of the health of our natural environment, and when they’re no longer around, we’re going to suffer the consequences dearly. Bees and Butterflies are responsible for the pollination of virtually all of our fruit and vegetables. Potatoes, cabbages, blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, apples, pears, cucumbers...can you imagine life without them?
Because unless we start contributing towards the preservation of their natural habitat; that’s what the future will have in store for us - which is where Wildflower Seeds come in.
One of the main reasons for the decline of these perfect pollinators is the shortage of Wildflowers that provide the Bumblebees with their essential nectar and pollen. The first Queen Bees come out of hibernation in February and March. Bumblebees need a constant steady supply of nectar rich habitats in order to sustain them. They use so much energy to keep warm and fly, that a Bumblebee is literally only 40 minutes away from starvation, unless they can find a suitable source of nourishment.
Of course, fruit trees and other domesticated plants provide stocks of food for short periods for Bumblebees; it is the Wildflowers that provide rich sources of nectar and pollen. Thus enabling all pollinating insects to thrive and survive throughout the spring and summer.
Of the 25 indigenous species of British Bumblebee, three are extinct, with many more in serious danger of joining them.
But it’s not all doom and gloom. In fact, there is something that we can all do to help replace these essential pollen and nectar rich resources. Some of you may have acres of land at your disposal, while others may only have a small garden, or a single flower pot on the patio. Either way, by cultivating some Wildflower Seeds we can encourage the growth of our Bumble Bee’s environments’ - thus helping to preserve the integrity of the natural world around us.
At South West Seeds we stock a vast amount of Wildflower Seed varieties and can advise on management techniques to enable a pollen rich sward to flourish, whilst enabling the continued production for sheep and cattle.