Bumblebee

See how Surrey is preserving and enhancing pollinator habitat with community projects.

Anything that can carry pollen on its body is a pollinator. This includes bees and wasps, but also:

  • birds, bats & small mammals
  • butterflies & moths
  • flies & beetles

Taking care of pollinators is essential for our ecosystem to function. Read on to see what Surrey is doing and how you can make an impact for pollinators.

Challenges for pollinators

About one-third of our food production depends on pollinators. Unfortunately, pollinators face many problems including:

  • habitat loss
  • parasites & diseases
  • pesticides 
  • climate change

Supporting pollinators at home

There are many ways you can attract and support pollinators in your yard, garden, or patio.:

  • Grow pollinator friendly plants that will bloom throughout the season to provide food and nourishment. Plants can be grown in a garden bed, planter, or pots.
  • When possible, choose plants that are native to BC.
  • When buying plants, avoid plants that have been treated with pesticides (ask your garden centre) and avoid plants that are invasive.  
  • Pollinators also need water. Add a shallow dish filled with rocks to your garden to allow them to land safely and rehydrate. Fill daily. 
  • Embrace some ‘wildness’ in your garden—rock piles, bare soil, old stems, and rotting wood can provide nesting and resting sites for many pollinators.

Pollinator Projects

See various projects around Surrey that benefit pollinators.

We recognize that native pollinators require additional habitat and forage. This native plant flower bed is at the Surrey Operations Yard. It includes native plant species sourced from local nurseries. The bed will be monitored closely to assess hardiness of plants and pollinator use.

Edgewood Park is a neighbourhood park in Sunnyside Heights. The park includes a 330m2 pollinator meadow adjacent to a newly planted biodiversity corridor. The pollinator meadow is situated on a south-facing, sandy mound. Selected plant species mimic vegetation found on coastal sandy dunes.

The pollinator meadow is intended to be self-seeding once established; however, because planting is experimental the project will be monitored for up to two years to determine what establishes and to assess what adjustments may be required. In addition to pollinator plants, leaf litter from adjacent trees will be incorporated into the meadow to provide habitat cover for invertebrates during the winter.

The Honeybee Centre's Community Bee Garden Project inspires, educates and connects communities to create better awareness for honeybees and to support food sustainability.

Honey produced by these bee gardens is sold at various locations around Surrey with 100% of the proceeds donated to the Surrey Food Bank.

Volunteering and Donating to Help Bees 

Sign up to volunteer through the Honeybee Centre. Try being a site host, helping out with garden maintenance and designing future gardens. 

Generous support and donations have already been provided by these businesses: 

  • Hunters Garden Centre: Soil and plants for all gardens 

  • Dragonlily Gardens: Fence design and building coordination

  • Zboya Design: Honey label artwork

  • City of Surrey: Space and volunteers