Bees in Brussels

For the last decade, there hasn't been a single day without hearing about bees in newspapers, on television or on social networks. But what's going on exactly? Are they really on the brink of extinction? What bees are we talking about? What can we do to help them? Most of what you read about bees is just mindless copy-paste of vague, outdated or even incorrect information! Urban legends and misinformation are gaining ground and spreading rapidly over social networks, actually harming the pollinators' cause. But don't worry, these few pages will try to clarify the situation!


The basics of bees

What actually is a bee, a honeybee and a bumblebee? Why are there wild and domestic bees? This is where your journey into bees' world starts! Learn more


Diversity and identification

The world of wild bees is extremely rich and diverse! With more than 400 species in Belgium, learn how to differentiate them. Learn more


Main threats

Are bees actually going extinct? The situation is worrying but not hopeless! Let's talk about the facts and figures and discuss the causes of decline. Learn more


How to help the bees

Eager to stop the decline and to help our wild bees thrive, but not sure where to start? Learn how to offer them a Bed and Breakfast! Learn more


Frequently Asked Questions

A series of questions mostly frequently asked to experts - a good place to start if you only have a few minutes to learn about bees! Learn more

Other resources

Need more info about bee identification or bee-friendly plants for your garden? Here you'll find links to many reference documents and websites. Learn more

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The Atlas of the Wild Bees of Brussels, funded by Brussels Environment and implemented by the team of Prof. Nicolas Vereecken at the Agroecology Lab of the Université Libre de Bruxelles, aims to better define the diversity, distribution, abundance and needs of more than 150 species of wild bees encountered in Brussels and to produce a document freely accessible and summarising the state of current knowledge.

WildBnB is the acronym of 'Wild Bees and Brussels' and refers to the concept of Bed and Breakfast (BnB), as our wild bees need nesting sites (bed) and host plants (breakfast) to survive and thrive in our urban environments. 


Stéphane De Greef
Project coordinator

Agroecology Lab

ULB, Campus de La Plaine

T: +32 (0)2.650.6081

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