Bee friendly by adapting gardens.
Homeowners are being offered tips on how to make their garden bee friendly this summer.
The Halesowen-based divisional office of Housebuilder Barratt Homes West Midlands is encouraging people to make their garden a haven for bees by planting flowers to attract them and making small changes to give them somewhere to shelter.
There are more than 250 bee species in the UK, and most face threats such as loss of habitat, climate change and disease.
Graydon Worthing, sales director at Barratt Homes West Midlands, said: "We want to raise awareness of the threat faced by bees and by all doing our bit to plant nectar rich plants to benefit them we can help combat some of the issues faced by bees." The housebuilder says certain types of plants are more attractive for bees than others. Bee-friendly plants produce high levels of nectar and pollen, and include poppies, lavender, heathers, geraniums, foxgloves and fruit trees. Barratt Homes plants a range of nectar and pollen-rich plants at its developments across the West Midlands. Adding a pond, water feature or bird bath will give bees a hydrating boost.