Over the last number of years there has been a significant decline in the number of pollinators that visit our garden. This has happened for a number of reasons but one in particular is the reduction in wildflowers. Our gardens should be recognised as important habitats for butterflies and bees, where they can find sources of pollen and nectar.

Pollination is the process by which pollen is transferred from one flower to another, allowing flowers to become fertilised and able to produce seeds and fruits. In some plants pollen and seeds are spread by the wind but the majority of plants require insects to transport the pollen.

Even our home-grown fruits rely on insects for pollination such as apples, plums, gooseberries, strawberries and cherries. Flowers provide insects with two rich sources of food – nectar and pollen. Nectar contains sugar and provides insects with energy while pollen grains contain protein and oils.

How you can attract pollinating insects to your garden

These are important flowers for Bumble Bees.

How you can attract pollinating insects to your garden

These are important flowers for Bumble Bees.