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Meet the Bees

who inhabit Eden Nature Garden

After 15 years of hosting hives, Eden has taken a break from farming honey bees in 2024 to focus on the protection of wild bees. Amazingly, there are about 280 species of bees in the UK, of which the honeybee is just one. When we hear about bees being endangered, it’s not the honeybees they’re talking about, it’s the wild and solitary bees and other insects that are crucial to our biodiversity. We have identified 33 (and counting) species of bees in ENG.  Scroll down to see a short-list and photos of Eden's bees. 

Eden is a wonderful example of urban ecology, providing a balance between wild and cultivated plants and creating habitats for wild and solitary bees. Seventy to eighty percent of bees nest in the ground and it’s these that we are particularly trying to help by creating genuinely effective habitats in the form of sand mounds. We recently acquired a few tonnes of unwanted sand which you’ll see placed around the garden. We also salvaged some concrete blocks and have filled them with cob walling, hollow sticks and dead wood which will create nesting and breeding sites. We’re making it look attractive too with bee posts and leaf towers and as many flowers as we can grow, of course!

Here's a short list of some of the bees found in Eden.

To the left you can scroll through photos of the various species.


Bee Wolf (Philanthus triangulum)

Common Mourning Bee (Melecta albifrons)

European Orchard Bee (Osmia cornuta)

Gold-tailed Melitta Bee (Melitta haemorrhoidalis)

Grass-carrying Wasp (Isodontia mexicana)

Grey-gastered Mining Bee (Andrena tibialis)

Grey-patched Mining Bee (Andrena nítida)

Gwynne's Mining Bee (Andrena bicolor)

Hairy-footed Flower Bee (Anthophora plumpies)

Mourney Bee (Melecta albitrons)

Orange-tailed Mining Bee (Andrena haemorrhoa)

Orange-vented Mason Bee (Osmia leaiana)

Ornate digger Wasp (Cerceris rybyensis)

Red Mason Bee (Osmia bicornis)

Tawny Mining Bee (Andrena fulva)

Willughby's Leaf-cutter (Megachile willughbiella

White-tailed Bumblebee (Bombus lucuorum)

Wool Carder Bee (Anthidium manicatum)

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