Photography Competition: The Bee in My Garden

Wednesday 28th June 2017

White-Tailed Bumblebee © Penny FrirthWhite-Tailed Bumblebee © Penny Frith

Photographers of all ages and skill levels are invited to enter into our Photography Competition!

Manx Wildlife Trust have joined forces with Ramsey Garden Centre for an exciting photography competition to take snaps of our delightful buzzing friends, although entitled “The Bee in My Garden” you can take photos of honey bees or bumble bees in any garden and also on wildflowers... just bee creative!

With the trends for gardens being tidier, and even road verges being kept trimmed, we are losing sites for our bees to visit for pollen. This coupled along with the use of insecticides and herbicides have all been linked to declining bee numbers. This is bad news for us, as a loss of pollinators will have an effect on apple, strawberries and even potato crops. However, it’s not all doom and gloom, you can make a difference in your own garden, or even plant up tubs to place around small backyards, and we can all do our bit to help them! Try these plants: bergamot, sunflowers, cornflowers, borage and even that unruly ivy will help our bees.

About the Competition

There are two categories, one for over 16 years and the second for budding photographers under 16 years of age. There will be one prize for each category, So snuggle yourself down next to some bee attracting flowers and have a go, what a delightful way to spend a sunny hour and whilst you are there enjoy the sights and sounds of these endearing insects as they busily move from flower to flower. 

The photographs must be taken between 1st July and 12.00 noon on Saturday 30th September when you can bring your photograph (Sized 10x8) along to Ramsey Garden Centre where they will be displayed. Watch out for upcoming details about a bumblebee nest building workshop for children being held on the same day!

CLOSING DATE: 30th September at 12:00noon

Download the Competition Guidelines and Entry Form below for more details on rules and prizes.

Re-Wilding Your Garden

We've got some tips on how you can help wildlife in your garden. The Wildlife Trusts have also teamed up with the Royal Horticultural Society to promote create the “Wild About Gardens” campaign to provide free information on making your garden wildlife friendly.




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