Over 80% of crops that feed the majority of humanity are pollinated by bees
Honey bees alone are responsible for $170 billion per year of the global crop! Money talks.
It is estimated that a whopping one-third of the food we consume on a daily basis relies on the pollination from bees
Without these fuzzy insects, our supermarkets would have around half the amount of fruit and vegetables to pick from
Incredibly enough they are the only insect in the world to produce a food that humans eat - mouthwatering honey!
Since 2006 US beekeepers have been losing around 30% of their hives during winter each year, much higher than the usual 5-10%
Bees get thirsty and need flowers' sugary nectar to drink. In the U.K. we've lost around 97% of our flower-rich grasslands over the last 70 years, ironically to make the way for farmers’ crops that depend on the pollination from bees.
Global warming can cause flowers to bloom earlier than normal in certain regions. Sadly, bees can't always adapt fast enough with earlier blooms, meaning they are missing out on their sweet nectar and we are missing out on many crops not being pollinated during these periods.
Pesticides, also known as insecticides, are becoming an increasing danger to the bee population. Some pesticides are toxic enough to kill a bee immediately, however, on certain occasions the bee transports pesticide particles back to its hive, resulting in entire colonies dying off.
Plant bee-friendly herbs and flowers in your garden
Here is a small list of bee-friendly plants:
Don't use chemicals and pesticides to treat your lawn or garden
As we mentioned above, pesticides (neonics) are deadly for bees and pollinators in general. On top of this, they can damage bee socialization and learning skills.
Alternatives to pesticides include Crop Rotation, Natural Pest-Control, Mechanical and Physical Control (this includes tillage, mowing, cutting, mulching and organic soil coverage and barriers).
Buy local raw honey
Raw honey will give you all the natural vitamins, antioxidants and other necessary nutrients that your body will need. The pollen, which is a key thing in raw honey, has anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties and strengthens our immune system.
Processed honey, however, doesn’t contain any of that due to being filtered. Also, bees used for hones mass production are kept in horrible unhealthy conditions, which can be considered animal cruelty.
Think twice before weeding your garden
Bees Love Weeds! So many common weeds feed bees most of the year and one of their favourite plants is a Dandelion.
In early spring honey bees rely a lot on dandelions as each of their flowers contains up to 100 florets and is packed with sugary nectar for energy and nutritious pollen for their health.
So please, reconsider your choices when you grab that weed killer, these wildflowers are a thing of beauty in nature.
Bee-friendly watering basin for your garden
Now that you’re on your way to creating an attractive garden for bees, let’s find out how to keep their thirst quenched during their visits.
On hot days bees get thirsty and sometimes struggle to find water. You can create your own little water station for these hard workers with a plastic bowl, water and glass marbles for bees to land on without drowning. (Make sure the top of the marbles are above the water and add a small amount of sugar to provide extra treat!)
Educate yourself and others
To finish off this page we’d like to say a big THANK YOU for taking your valuable time to understand our furry friends a little better, we hope you will go on to create some world impacting decisions with your new found information!
If you want to take things even further spread what you have learnt today with family and friends, and if you’ve caught the buzz for bees there is plenty more to find out about these magnificent creatures online, please don’t stop here.