WILDLIFE charity the RSPB is urging Hampshire residents to help get exhausted bees buzzing again by making them “energy drinks”.

Gardeners have been encouraged to give exhausted bees a drink of sugar and water to boost their energy levels during the poor summer.

They should also plant wildlife-friendly flowers such as sunflowers and buddleia to provide food for bees, the charity said.

Hester Phillips, of RSPB South East, said: “Bees are working to keep the planet's food chains intact, and they really do deserve our help.

“Many people keep seeing bees lying on the ground and assume they are dead but chances are they are having a rest.

“Much like us, a sugary drink could boost their energy levels and a simple sugar and water combination will be a welcome treat.”