Ep 49: Bumblebees with Gill Perkins

In this week’s episode of Wellness with Liz Earle, Liz is joined by CEO of the Bumblebee Conservation Trust – Gill Perkins. Under Gill’s leadership, the trust is on a mission to keep our bumblebees buzzing with a number of exciting projects including building a huge 10,000 hectares of sustainable, bee-friendly habitat. A fascinating fount of all knowledge regarding the not so humble bumblebee, listen in as Gill shares her love and passion for these prolific pollinators.

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Inside the episode:

  • Gill shares how she first caught the bumblebee bug.
  • What came first? The flower or the bee?
  • Gill explains the difference between honeybees and bumblebees.
  • Gill explains why we have to import bumblebees to the UK.
  • What would our diets look like if we didn’t have pollinators? How would our landscapes change?
  • Why does organic farming benefit bumblebees?
  • Gill shares how we can look out for bumblebees in our gardens.
  • Why are honeybees terrible pollinators?
  • Gill shares the easiest bee-friendly plants to have around the home.
  • Why do bumblebees pollinate? What’s in it for them?
  • Gill explains why we should never feed a struggling bee honey and what to do instead.
  • Gill shares the amazing work that the Bumblebee Conservation Trust is doing.
  • What role do butterflies play in pollination? Who are our nighttime pollinators?
  • Is it true that when a bumblebee stings you it will die?

Resources mentioned in the episode:

The Bumblebee Conservation Trust

Instagram: @bumblebeeconservationtrust

Facebook: @BumblebeeConservationTrust

Twitter: @BumblebeeTrust

How to identify bumblebees?

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