A comprehensive guide to the plants that benefit the bees of the British Isles






Foreword by Kate Humble

The foreword has been written by the BBC Television presenter and beekeeper, Kate Humble. She recognises the threats to all bee species and endorses the book for its clear and pracical format.


Why Bees Need Help

Norman Carreck, Scientific Director at the International Bee Research Association, provides an expert overview of the current precarious position of bees, their value to our society and the importance of the flowers and plants on which they feed.


Plants for Honeybees

Dr David Aston, Chair of the British Beekeepers Association, and Dr Sally Bucknall, Trustee of Garden Organic, introduce the species and identify how and which plants can be used to benefit honeybees.


Plants for Bumblebees

Dr Jane Stout, Senior Lecturer at Trinity College, Dublin, provides an introduction to the bumblebee, the range of species and outlines the annual life cycle, identifying when nectar and pollen are available and what they do with it.


Plants for Solitary Bees

Chris O’Toole, entomologist, writer and broadcaster, introduces the range of solitary bee species, looking at their life cycles and which plants are of particular benefit to them.


The Best Plants for Bees

Dr William Kirk, Senior Lecturer at Keele University, and the late Dr Frank Howes, formerly of Kew Gardens, identify over 300 different plants that are important to the survival of bee populations in the British Isles, clearly noting which plant is appropriate for which type of bee, supported with a quick reference key and index.


Origins of the Book

Plants for Bees is a successor to Plants for Beekeeping, which was compiled by Dr Frank Howes, a professional botanist and member of the scientific staff at Kew Gardens. The first edition was published in 1945 and the second edition printed after his death in 1979. Plants for Bees originates from these books but has been modernised and expanded in order to attract a more diverse readership interested in expanding their knowledge of all types of bee.


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