Pollinator Pictures - Your North West images for World Bee Day

Grappenhall Heys Walled Gardens, Warrington Credit: TRACY MILSOM

'World Bee Day' is celebrated on May 20th each year. The purpose of this international day is to acknowledge the role that bees - and other pollinators - play in our ecosystem.

Sankey Valley Park, Warrington Credit: GRAHAM ARNOLD

1/3 of our UK bee population have declined in the last 10 years. The main causes are loss of habitat for nesting and foraging, climate change and the use of chemical pesticides.

Failsworth Credit: NATALIE KERR

The easiest way we can help our bees thrive is by planting bee friendly, native plants in our gardens - that flower at different times of the year. Asking local public spaces to plant wildflower meadows and leave grass verges alone will also encourage, and in turn protect, our bee population.

Stretford, Trafford Credit: PETER DARLINGTON

BEES FEED US - Almost 90% of wild plants and 75% of leading global crops depend on animal pollination. 1 of every 3 mouthfuls of our food depends on pollinators such as bees.

Bee feeding off spoon Credit: ELLEN McELHINNEY

HELP A BEE - The best thing to do if you see a bee struggling is gently put it onto a bee-friendly flower. If there are no bee-friendly flowers around, mix 50/50 white sugar and water to give the bumblebee a one-off energy boost, providing the carbohydrates it needs to fly.

Male bee (identified by size and moustache) on Geranium Credit: SUE APPLETON
Bee on spring leaves Credit: PETER McGUIRE

THEY WILL RARELY STING - Only female bees can sting. Male bees don’t have the anatomy to do so. And - unlike the more aggressive relation, the wasp (yellow jacket) - bees rarely sting...only when they feel threatened. It is only the honey bee that will die after stinging, not the bumble bee!

Bee in Southport Credit: LEONE MERONE

THEY'RE SPEEDY - Worker bees can reach a speed of 15-20 mph when flying to a food source, and about 12 mph when returning laden down with nectar, pollen, propolis or water

Grappenhall Heys Middleton, Manchester Credit: MICHELLE MORNING
Litherland, Liverpool Credit: STEPHEN CARRIGAN
Bumble in Denton Credit: STEPHEN MARTIN

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Bee in Darwen Credit: BOB BEDFORD
Tucking in at Irby, Wirral Credit: LORRAINE FAZACKERLEY
Zooming in at Kirkby, Knowsley, Merseyside Credit: JOHN NAPIER
Blackburn bee Credit: PETER McGUIRE