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Martin Aaron Martin Aaron | 09:33 UK time, Tuesday, 16 March 2010

Here at BBC Wales Nature and Outdoors we're always striving for excellence, pushing the boundaries and delivering the latest nature scoops straight to your desktop or inbox (if you subscribe to our blog...)

We've recently had our first bee pictures of 2010 sent in.

Steve snapped this early riser back in February in Penpedairheol, Rhymney Valley:

This lovely macro shot comes from Ann Riggs in Haycastle:

'Oakwoodlott' spotted this bee stocking up on much needed nectar from a crocus, on St David's Day in Caerphilly:

Our native bees need all the help they can get. If our bees vanish then we're all in real trouble.

Besides not having any tasty honey on our toast in the mornings - much of our agriculture would be lost as there'd be no cross pollination.

In the U.S alone, the value of bee pollination is in the region of 8 billion pounds every year.

We can all do our bit though by planting bee friendly plants and flowers in our gardens and creating homes for bees.

Traditional cottage garden plants and wild flowers are best as they contain the most nectar. They're also very hardy and in some cases - slug resistant, so try growing some this summer.

Viper's Bugloss is highly recommended and flowers from June through till August.

Find out how to make a bee house for your own garden.

Have you seen any bees out and about yet? And do you have bees nesting in your garden?

If so let us know in the comments area.

You'll need to sign up to BBC ID if you don't already have an account, but it only takes a few seconds and is fairly painless!


Defra - Bee Health

Save Our Bees Campaign

The Bumblebee Conservation Trust

British Beekeeper's Association


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