Here's what our world without bees would look like

Disturbing images of what our world would look like without bees illustrates the urgent need to save pollinators

Bees on echinops flowers
(Image credit: Leigh Clapp)

The urgent need to save the world's bees is finally receiving lots of attention in the media; during the last few months, we have covered initiatives to create urban bee corridors and a no-mow May to increase food supply for bees. Despite these well-intentioned efforts, however, our key pollinators are still in deep trouble, with a third of British pollinators in decline.  

What would our world look like were the bees to disappear altogether? Shocking artist's impressions released by Bloom and Wild show a disturbing view of landscapes devoid from all vegetation, with luscious parks such as London's Kew Gardens replaced by barren wastelands. 

A bee-less world would be extremely bad news not just for our parks and agriculture. Animals would suffer immensely, with a knock-on effect seeing insect-eating birds becoming extinct, followed by mammals who predate on those birds. 

And while the solutions to the bee population crisis require global solutions, there are things we can – and should – do to help them, especially those of us who are lucky to have gardens. 

Follow our tips on how to create a bee friendly garden; if you choose to do just one thing to help bees, plant a wildflower patch in your garden using one of the best wildflower seed mixes in our buyer's guide.