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Thursday, May 22

Save the bees!

You've probably already heard, but the bees are dying. We've already lost two species of Bumblebee in the UK and many more are under threat. Fortunately, there are things we can do to help support the bees and I'm sure everyone could manage at least one action.

WHY ARE BEES IMPORTANT?

Life will change drastically if we fail our bees, probably more than you think. Bees are required to pollinate plants and crops that many animals eat and that form many different kinds of foods for us. If farmers have to find alternative ways to pollinate plants, the cost of fruits and vegetables will increase dramatically and many farmers will probably lose their businesses.

Bees also play a big part in pollinating wild flowers and these flowers are in included in many food chains. So, you can imagine how the birds, insects and other mammals will suffer if we were to lose the bees.

Here are some things you can do differently, to help support the bee population:

BUY ORGANIC FOOD

Intensive agriculture, using lots of different pesticides and chemicals has been linked to the loss of bees. If you buy organic food, you are supporting the farmers who avoid using these chemicals and protect our bees.


LEAVE THE BEES ALONE

If you find a Bumblebee nest, please leave it alone. Bumblebees are not aggressive and they only last a season.

BUY LOCAL HONEY, FROM A BEEKEEPER

If you like your honey, try sourcing it from a local beekeeper that cares for his bees, rather than a mass produced brand.

HELP THE HIBERNATING BEES

If you find a bee on the ground and it is buzzing or shaking a little, but not very active; it is likely to be hibernating. If you have uncovered it from soil or found it in the open leave it alone, unless it is exposed and in danger. If the bee wakes and gets quite active, or is in danger, you can give it a little sugar solution (sugar mixed into water) on a spoon and this should give the bee the energy to come out of hibernation early and find a nest.

WELCOME THE BEES

You can make your own garden at home a welcoming place for the bees to come along and work and maybe even live. The lifecycle of a bee is between March and September and there are a range of flowers that you can plant, which will attract the bees and work best for them to do their jobs and survive. Have a look at this list of 'plants to attract bees', for more information. Don't forget to keep your own garden organic and avoid using any pesticides or chemicals.


TAKE UP BEEKEEPING

I'm not suggesting we all go out and become beekeepers, however if you have the time and the space, why not start your own little colony? It would be a great way to increase numbers and a great hobby too.


I hope this helps you think a little bit more about the bees when shopping or doing a little gardening. If you have anything to share with us about bees and how you protect them, please do in the comments section below. I love learning and you can never learn too much, so teach us what you know.

Buzz!


Kayleigh x




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