Blooms for bees - citizen science

The three colours of dahlia plus instructions...

The three colours of dahlia plus instructions...

Earlier this year, we registered with the Blooms for Bees citizen science project. This involved growing from seed three colours (white, red and purple) of Mignon Series dahlias. These are now growing well in small bed in front of the club hut (and we will put a poster up about them today).

They like the white flowers

They like the white flowers

These 'bedding dahlias' are 'single' (simple flowers), nectar-rich and known to be liked by bumblebees. The scientists now want to find out if these bees have a preference for flower colour. We are doing the survey by counting the number of bumblebees on each colour of flower for 5 minutes each.

And the red ones...

And the red ones...

If you'd like to do this too (you need to be a registered participant), send your counts to our garden volunteers at info@nightingalegarden.org.uk and we can enter them online for you.

You will need to tell us:

  1. On what date you did the count;
  2. The number of open flower heads included for each colour.
  3. The number of bumblebees on each colour in 5 mins each.
  4. If you can, identify the type of bumblebee (but this is quite tricky - they move fast!).
And the purple ones (which look pink to me)

And the purple ones (which look pink to me)

More info: www.bloomsforbees.co.uk

Or just enjoy watching bees on the flowers!

And across the path they like these cactus ones.

And across the path they like these cactus ones.

And two honey bees on this one

And two honey bees on this one

It is a bit addictive taking photos of bees on dahlias...

It is a bit addictive taking photos of bees on dahlias...