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How to make your garden bee-friendly in autumn

How to make your garden bee-friendly in autumn
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In autumn, old bumblebee colonies die and newly-mated bumblebee queens find places to hibernate. They may choose a hole in the ground, a compost heap or a spot under piles of autumn leaves. Honeybees will come out to feed during warm, sunny weather.

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Build a log pile or stumpery for foraging bees to take shelter during rain, or as a nesting site for a wide range of solitary bees and bumblebees. Loosely fill spaces between with twigs, moss and leaves.


Leave a patch of grass to grow long and don't discourage mice in the garden, as bumblebees like using old mouse holes, bird boxes or thickets of grass to nest in.

Grow a range of late-flowering nectar plants such as Actaea simplex, asters, colchicum, single-flowered dahlias, Japanese anemones, salvias, sedum, tansy-leaf aster (Machaeranthera tanacetifolia) and Verbena bonariensis. Find out more about plants for bees.

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Planting spring-flowering bulbs in autumn will ensure you have a good supply of pollen and nectar for queen bumblebees emerging from hibernation. Crocus, snake’s head fritillary, alliums and grape hyacinth are all a great spring source of food for bees.

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