Counting bees

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Tracey Aldridge with the pineapple she has grown in a pot at her home in Gosport 
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Plenty of buzz about. It’s the final fortnight of the Great British Bee Count. It’s quick, easy and fun to take part.

All you have to do is download the free app on your mobile or tablet and spend a minute or two counting bees. You can do it in your garden, on your balcony or in your nearest park.

I had a go at counting bees on the purple­-flowering sage bush in my garden and according to the app I saw a tree bumble­bee and a hairy-­footed flower­bee. No, I’d never heard of them either!

If you want to attract more bees to your garden give them something to eat, something to drink and somewhere to sleep. You can do this by planting bee­-friendly flowers, filling a saucer with water and pebbles, and making a ‘bee­ hotel’ with hollow twigs. Here’s the link to the app:­great­british­bee­count­today.

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