Bring on the Bees! In the spring and summer we don’t have to be outside for long before we hear a buzz from a furry bee zooming from flower to flower. Bees that you might see often are bumblebees, because there are over 20 species of them in the UK. Bees have a really important role as pollinators, collecting pollen on their bodies as they drink the sweet nectar from inside flowers. Crops such as apples, pears, strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, and tomatoes are pollinated by insects like bees.