King’s Cross Bee Trail with The Honey Club

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It was one of those rare, warm summer mornings in London; the kind that you have to spend outside or you feel like you’re missing out. We headed out on our Sunday stroll with Olly, but needed to be back by midday so that Matt could catch a very important football match on TV.

So we rushed through our stroll in the park, but I did so begrudgingly, trying to stall as much as possible; a walk in Wimbledon Common followed by coffee and croissants for takeaway at Gail’s. There was no way we would make it back in time for this game…and when it turned out that I was right, we headed straight out to King’s Cross to take The Bee Trail by The Honey Club, something I’ve been wanting to do all summer!

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Honeybees, Buff-tailed bumblebees, Red-tailed bumblebees and Red Mason Solitary bees; you’ll see them all hard at work on the King’s Cross Bee Trail and learn how to help them. We took part in the Citizen Science Project using the KX bee trail app. We followed the trail to each of the seven stops around King’s Cross and identified the bees we saw and entered the number of each in the app.

We took a lot of photos of bees and were pleasantly surprised to see so many along the trail given that bees are in decline. Although many cities and modern farming has wiped out 97% of wildflowers, it was reassuring to learn that London has over eight million trees, providing food for bees and other animals.

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Photo by Matthew Prickett
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Photo by Matthew Prickett

A majority of the bees we saw up close were in the Lime trees at Granary Sqaure. The white flowers in the Lime trees provide a source of nectar for urban honeybees, and is one of the recommended ‘bee trees’ to plant in your garden along with Hawthorns and Juneberry.

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If you want to do your part and help feed the bees you can plant some of these pollen and nectar-rich flowers from March to September. If you live in the city and are limited for garden space, a window box or hanging basket will do just fine.

You don’t have to keep bees to help support them. You can buy local honey from your market or small producer to get a taste of some of the results.

Thanks to The Honey Club for educating us on our beloved bees and how we can help them. The Honey Club is a social enterprise setup by Global Generation, Wolff Olins and Urban Bees. Their mission is to evolve and expand a network of bee caring communities in urban spaces – from rooftop to garden, hive to street, business to people. Learn more about how you can get involved on their website.

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2 thoughts on “King’s Cross Bee Trail with The Honey Club

  1. This sounds like a lovely day! Theres nothing better than being outdoors and exploring nature in the works (even if it means missing the footy sometimes)! Bees play such an crucial role in pollinating the worlds plants and it’s so important people are educated on how to help them. This interactive program seems like a great way to get everyone involved! We are located in Australia, and similarly our bees are loosing habitat too…
    Planting a bee friendly flower garden is a beautiful way to brighten up the backyard or balcony! Also, love the idea of a window box, they are perfect for urban spaces and easy to maintain!

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    1. Thank you for your kind and thoughtful comments, it’s so nice to connect with you here. I’m now following along Bee Flower Friendly and look forward to keeping up with your posts. Do let me know if you ever want me to connect you with someone at The Honey Club, their team are quite friendly and active on social. 🙂

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