Gardening for bees: Tip 4

Provide shelter with trees, climbers and ground cover

As well as pollen-laden flowers, bugs also need places to overwinter and hide from predators. Look for species of trees with interesting bark, which has lots of gaps in which insects can hide – some of our native trees support thousands of different insect species. Or if you don’t have room for trees, shrubs and climbers also create excellent shelter for bugs.