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16/10/2013 at 14:16
Hi Richard I have seen some small bees around the ivy growing on the golf course but they are to high up to see if they Ivy bees,they are very small in size.
16/10/2013 at 14:49

Ivy has the last decent flower for many bees and other insects before winter. It is rich in pollen and nectar, so good for honeybees. Please do not chop down the ivy until the flowers have faded!

17/10/2013 at 18:01
I'm sorry to say what I saw was wasps not bees!!!
17/10/2013 at 18:21

I have noticed these bees in the last two or three years - ivy really buzzing with them.  I live in Gloucestershire near the Welsh border and I believe these bees are slowly moving up the country.

17/10/2013 at 18:54

the wasps love the ivy flowers oldchippy. so do the hoverflies. I don't think the ivy bees have got here yet, I've never seen one and I'm always bee watching

17/10/2013 at 18:56

We have lots of honeybees on the ivy at the mo, I think we are too far north for ivybees.

21/10/2013 at 12:43

Just after posting this blog a new map of spread was put up on the BWARS website:

It's continuing to spread. And now Penny Frith has found it in Peckham:

Still none in East Dulwich though. Double harrumph.

31/10/2013 at 18:50

I record and photograph everything that comes into our garden and we have a lovely run of Ivy along one fence that we maintain for wildlife. Unfortunately up to now I haven't had the pleasure of seeing ivy bees or photographing them! However I have enjoyed watching the Blackbirds that nest in in this Ivy, so another very good reason to grow some Ivy if you have the space.



31/10/2013 at 21:55

Chris Packham made a plea tonight on A-watch to grow ivy, or at least leave it be, for the insects.

31/10/2013 at 22:03

Ivy makes good cover  as well as the food value. I wouldn't be without it, which is fortunate as I'd never be able to get rid of it.

08/11/2013 at 11:37

@Forester. I wonder if you might possibly add the Gloucestershire Colletes hederae records to the BWARS database? This can be done online via

Lovely piece about them on R4  recently too

08/11/2013 at 12:13

could they be what I can see buzzing round the flowers on my ficus japonica? they're a bit too high up to see. I was wondering what they were and then up popped this thread!

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