Tawny mining bee
There is no mistaking the tawny mining bee: a honeybee-sized ginger species with a thick orange coat and a black face. They feast on shrubs ranging from willow, hawthorn and blackthorn to fruit trees and maples, and love gorging on dandelions.
Tawny mining bees are found in a wide variety of habitats. From gardens to parks, if there is an area of light soil or a bare bank, you are likely to spot one.
Ashy mining bee
A stunning bee (and my personal favourite), the ashy mining bee is a distinctive little species with monochrome colouring. Its ability to adapt to different habitats is impressive, and the ashy mining bee can be found in heathland, moorland edges, open woodland, coastal grassland, cliffs and quarries.
Some of the ashy mining bees favourite food plants include willow, blackthorn, gorse, buttercups and fruit trees.
More information on bees
Bees are fascinating creatures, with other genera including cuckoo bees, leafcutter bees and nomad bees. Keep your eyes peeled during your next walk in the woods, and if you’d like to attract more bees to your garden, shop for bee products in the Woodland Trust shop.