Our work and aims

The international exhibition focused on wild bees and the interest in preserving them for pollination and 
our food diversity is host in the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh 
from the 2nd of February until the 5th of June.

The content is in english, french, german and dutch and suitable for childs as well as adults. If you're interested in showing this exhibition (free loan) in your town or city, please contact us.

During this demonstration programme, many specific activities are accomplished to preserve wild bees and their habitat (feeding, nest building).  We work at raising awareness and providing information and guidance as well.

You can participate in the programme in different ways :

  • Sign up to receive our newsletter (at the bottom of the page) to be informed of current events and to participate in different activities (eco-volunteer days, information stands,...) ;
  • Create a user account, sign the bee-friendly lifestyle charter, share your photos (once accepted, they will be put up in the « Your Garden » photo gallery), or participate in our new photo contest "insects of fall" ;
  • Consult the « How you can help » page, so that you can build a bee house and to download our practical guide. And as we improve our website, we will add new information sheets with tips on how to manage the green space around you to help provide habitat for bees.

The main goal of the programme is the creation of land management measures in favour of wild bees applicable in every urban area of Europe.  The different surveys performed during the last five years in the Greater Lyon area, will permit, after evaluation and validation, the creation of a precise plan of action that could be applied all over Europe.  It would propose bee-friendly recommendations for the maintenance and/or the development of public green spaces, farming land and home gardens.
At the same time, many on-the-ground projects are developped:  running events, giving talks and workshops, organising walks, publishing the results of scientific research (…) an array of out-reach projects aimed at a variety of urban and peri-urban inhabitants (72% of the population Europe).

Monday, February 2, 2015Friday, June 5, 2015

The international exhibition Urbanbees will be at the John Hope Gateway Royal Botanic Garden d'Edimbourg from 10 am until 4.45 pm in February and from 10am until 5.45pm from march to june.

Monday, March 9, 2015

Are cities a refuge for bees?

Is it possible that Europe’s urban-dwellers now have a particular responsibility for bees and other pollinating insects?

The decline of honeybees has been much covered in the media, but destruction of flower-rich habitat, use of potentially harmful pesticides and large areas of single crops with limited food and shelter are issues that affect all of Europe’s 2000 bee species. As wild bees account for an estimated two thirds of crop pollination the declines witnessed in wild bees should be of great concern.