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  1. At Nectar & Bumble we’re doing everything that we can to help raise awareness of the devastating decline of the bees and we donate 10% of our profits to the Bumblebee Conservation Trust. We thought we’d share a little bit more about our chosen charity and what they do to help save the bees.

    Bumblebee Conservation Trust

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    The BBCT was established as there are serious concerns about the plight of the bumblebee. In the last 80 years, the UK’s bumblebee populations have crashed, with two species becoming nationally extinct and several others declining dramatically.

    Their main aims are to support the conservation of all bumblebees, rare or abundant, and to raise awareness and increase understanding about bumblebees and the social, economic, environmental and cultural benefits which they and other pollinators provide.

    Bumblebees are an extremely important component of our biodiversity and with several species threatened, the BBCT work hard to ensure that populations of these species have a long-term future in the UK. Not only are bumblebee’s fun to watch and identify, but they contribute significantly to our economy through the ecosystem service that their pollination of crops provides. Pollination is vital for many of the nation’s wild plants, and without pollinators we risk losing a third of the food we put on our plate.

    Get involved

    You can volunteer to help the Bumblebee Conservation Trust in a variety of different ways. You can do a bee walk somewhere near where you live. All you have to do is choose a route to walk around 1-2km and spot as many bees as you can. Repeat once a month and record your findings to submit to BBCT. You’d need to have quite a lot of knowledge identifying bees to do this so if you’re a complete beginner you might be better starting with the Blooms for Bees app/website to record bee sightings in the garden/allotment.

    Did you know there are many different types of bees in the UK? 24 bumblebees, 1 honey bee and 250 solitary bees. Identifying bees can be a lot of fun and you’ll find tonnes of information on which bees you’re spotting on the BBCT website, along with other helpful tips & tricks and what to do if you come across a bumblebee nest. You can also become a member yourself to help support the Trust.

    We’re very proud to have the Bumblebee Conservation Trust as one of our charities and hope that with our support & your support, they will continue the amazing work they do for British bumblebees!

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    Each purchase you make from Nectar & Bumble helps both of these charities save the bees and we’d like to thank everyone for their continued support!

  2. My husband & I got married in April and as a wedding gift from his brother, we were given a three-night stay at Humble Bee in Okehampton, Devon. I had it on my wish list of places to visit and it was such a lovely, thoughtful present for us as I'm a huge bee lover (if you couldn't already tell from the shop), and we love visiting places around the UK.

    Humble Bee Review Okehampton Devon

    We drove down on Boxing Day and stayed in Taunton for one night, before heading down to Devon on the 27th December, making a detour to Topsham first, followed by Exeter and then across to Okehampton, which sits at the top of the Dartmoor National Park.

    We arrived a little early but the owner Yvette was very accommodating and showed us round, letting us know all the essentials before leaving us to enjoy the surroundings and the unique accommodation we were staying in.

    Humble Bee Review Okehampton Devon Bed

    Humble Bee consists of three floors, with a double bed on the top floor, snug and toilet on the middle floor and the kitchen & shower on the bottom floor - with a sliding door leading to the outdoor bath. There are two other places to stay on-site at Honeyside Down – the Bird Box and a Yurt – both of which have access to the outdoor hot tub up on the terrace between all three. We didn’t go in the hot tub though, as our private outdoor bath was amazing – and I am not usually a bath person! It did take a while to fill up however it was really hot water and it was lovely to lay in, surrounded by nature.

    Humble Bee Review Okehampton Devon Toilet

    Humble Bee Review Devon Okehampton Snug

    Humble Bee Review Okehampton Devon Shower

    Humble Bee Review Okehampton Devon Outdoor Bath

    There are hints of bees all around Humble Bee – from the bee stencils on the stairs to the honeycomb effect above the fire, even down to the Neal’s Yard Bee Lovely Hand Wash in the toilet – one of my favourite organic brands! The whole place is so snug & cosy, I spent a lot of time reading in the snug on the middle floor and we played lots of card games too, as there’s no TV. Luckily for me, there is phone signal and I managed to get 3G/4G too so it’s not completely off-the-grid, if you are a bit of a social media addict like myself, you’ll still be able to log on!

    Humble Bee Review Okehampton Devon Hallway

    The kitchen is fairly well equipped and had a cooker, microwave, toaster and kettle along with lots of cutlery and kitchenware so we were able to cook a full meal on the first night, but we had quite big lunches on the other two days so just had snacks for dinner on those nights. There are two heaters (a fire heater in the snug and an electric heater in the kitchen) and also the bed has an electric blanket so it stayed warmed throughout the evenings and into the morning, when we were woken by the sunlight coming through the roof window and the birds chirping away.

    There are lots of quirky but sustainable features inside too, from the whole structure being made from wood to old symbols being used as lightshades above the stairs. There are also lots of bunches of faux flowers dotted around which adds a pretty touch.

    Humble Bee Review Okehampton Devon Kitchen

    Humble Bee Review Devon Okehampton Kitchen

    Honeyside Down close to Okehampton Castle and it’s also right around the corner from the old Okehampton Railway Station which has the Railway Café – a lovely stop for breakfast one morning. We also drove down to the Eden Project for a full day out and then we drove round the Dartmoor National Park on a bit of a rainy day, stopping in Tavistock, Two Bridges and Chagford on the way round – some lovely small, independent shops to visit!

    We had such a lovely stay at Humble Bee and I would definitely recommend a visit. It's small but so cosy and lovely to get away from real life for a few days!

    Have you stayed at Humble Bee before?

    Visit Canopy & Stars here to book your stay.

    Amber