British Bee Placemat
Large Placemat 23cm x 29cm. Wipeable matt laminate top surface on eucalyptus board with a cork back.
£24 (Free Postage)
Designed, Printed & Made in the UK from Watercolours by Tereska Shepherd MA
Supporting the Bumblebee Conservation Trust
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Honeybee (Apis mellifera)
The British Honeybee is an important pollinator of many of our food crops, as well as producing honey. Worker bees communicate by doing the ‘waggle dance’ to indicate where valuable flowers are. Intensive commercial farming of bees for honey & pollination of vast areas of crops has resulted in increased disease & parasites e.g the Varroa mite which is causing severe honeybee colony losses, as is the use of pesticides.
Red-tail Bumblebee (Bombus lapidarius)
A striking bumblebee often seen in parks and gardens. The workers have the same colouring as the queen, but they are smaller, sometimes not much larger than a fly. Like all bumblebees the Red-tail queens search for dark places to nest in the spring, usually nesting underground and the base of dry stone walls and trees. Red-tail Bumblebees have relatively short tongues and prefer flowers that form a distinct landing platform, such as daisies, dandelions and thistles
Bilberry Bumblebee (Bombus monticola)
An increasingly endangered Bumblebee, feeding on the flowers of Bilberry and Heather in the higher hills and moorlands of Wales, Northern England and Scotland. Loss of habitat & climate change is affecting the Bilberry & other bee species adapted to our cooler climate, increasing global temperatures are restricting their geographical range & causing population decline.
Whitetail Bumblebee (Bombus lucorum)
Often seen in parks and gardens. Whitetail bumblebees have a yellow band on the thorax and on the abdomen. The males have yellow hair on their head. Like all bee species the whitetail is affected by the use of pesticides, herbicides & chemical fertilisers. Scientific research has shown these either directly poison bees or cause brain damage making them mentally & physically dysfunctional, leading to the collapse of colonies.
Shrill Carder Bee (Bombus sylvarum)
One of the UK’s smallest and rarest Bumblebees. It is a long-tongued bumblebee, feeding from long tubular flowers. Now only found on unimproved pasture across the Somerset & Gwent Levels, parts of Pembrokeshire & the Glamorgan coast.
Great Yellow Bumblebee (Bombus distinguendus)
A very endangered long-tongued Bumblebee, now only found on the North coast of Scotland, some Scottish islands and Ireland. This decline is believed to be linked to a reduction in habitats, like meadows, providing nectar rich, deep flowers like red clover & vetch.
Early Bumblebee (Bombus pratorum)
One of the first Bumblebees to emerge in early March, it is a relatively small, short tongued bumblebee found in meadows, gardens and parks. The Early Bumblebee often forages on White Clover, Lavender, Sage, Cotoneaster, Thistles and Daisies.
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