Types of bees to spot in the Park

Some like the white-tail, garden, tree and buff-tail you may also find in gardens, but we also have some special bees here too.

Another rare species that we find here is the moss-carder bee.  It is bright ginger and likes clovers and wet meadows.  Bees need early sources of pollen and nectar when the queens emerge in spring, which they find on willows around the moorland edge.  We have been planting goat willow to provide this early food source and working with farmers to increase the numbers of flowers in hay meadows.

Bees need early sources of pollen and nectar when the queens emerge in spring, which they find on willows around the moorland edge.  We have been planting goat willow to provide this early food source and working with farmers to increase the numbers of flowers in hay meadows.

Where to find them

The mountain, or bilberry bumblebee, lives on moorland feeding on bilberry flowers and heather but also comes to flower-rich hay meadows.  Verges can also be important wild flower areas late in the year.

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