Bees and beekeeping
As well as honeybees, Hackney is home to a number of species of solitary bees and bumblebees, some of which are nationally rare. The brown-banded carder bee (Bombus humilis) is a UK Biodiversity Action Plan (BAP) priority species and has been recorded in Hackney. The hairy-footed flower bee (Anthophora plumipes) is a priority species in the Hackney BAP.
How to help bees
The best way to help bees is to make sure there are places for them to feed and shelter. Gardens and parks in urban areas can provide good sources of nectar and pollen. You can find out more about how to help bees in the British Beekeepers Association’s list of pollen and nectar-rich plants.
Hackney has a number of urban meadows. Some meadows are colourful ‘annual’ meadows, whilst others are ‘perennial’. We’re also leaving an increasing number of areas of longer grass to provide a source of food for insects such as bees.
If you would like to learn more about bees, see the presentation that Russell Miller produced for a biodiversity talk in Hackney:
If you’d like to find out more about bees and beekeeping, contact the following organisations: