There's not a lot of pollen and nectar around yet, but the early bees are doing their best to find it. Here are some things we can do to help:
1. Don’t mow too low, so that clover will grow. Bees love clover.
2. Stop using insecticides. There are always alternative ways of dealing with garden pests, such as dousing aphids with soapy water.
3. Plant traditional cottage garden flowers and native wildflowers. Exotic imported flowers and bedding plants have so little nectar and pollen that they may as well be plastic!
4. Select plants which flower at different times, from spring to late summer.
5. Plant flowers in the sun, in clumps, to make life easy for the bees.
6. Create natural habitats. Leave a bit of your garden for rotting wood, long grasses and nettles. Don’t be too tidy!
7. Have water available. A pond or bird bath is ideal for thirsty bees.
8. Buy local honey that supports local beekeepers.
9. Tell your friends not to be scared of bees (and make sure they can tell the difference between a wasp and a bee!). Bees are our friends and will sting only if provoked.
10. Start keeping bees. Keeping bees with a top bar beehive is easier than you think.