This year the Bumblebee Conservation Trust is asking everyone to embrace the British summer and help them monitor the bumblebee population across the UK by partaking in bumblebee walks.

These walks are a great way of enjoying the countryside, whether you attend a guided walk, or create your own route and record the bumblebees in your area.

Bumblebees are essential to the countryside, pollinating crops and wildflowers. You can help the Bumblebee Conservation Trust monitor how the bee population is changing.

To find out more information about the guided walks or to find out how to get involved in creating your own route, you can visit the BeeWalk Survey Scheme site or www.bumblebeeconservation.or

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  • Hilary Wharam

    I have a large Cotoneaster bush and large patches of pink Sedum. When in flower, they annually attract large numbers of Bumblebees, they protect their feeding area by buzzing in chorus if you get too close.