Did you know that our bees are dropping in numbers and some species are already extinct?
So therefore, I’d like to bring attention to my love of bees and their very hard work. Without them I can’t have honey in my daily porridge, or in my ginger tea when I have the sniffles from not wearing enough clothes. But this is not about me.
They do more than please my sweet tooth. They also pollinate our crops and so play a big part in many of the fruit and vegetables we eat. According to Friends of the Earth, Bees help produce three-quarters of the world’s most important crops, so imagine the impact on the world without them.
Why are they in decline?
There is continued research as to why but climate change and pesticides for a start have a lot to do with it. The bottom line is that Bees are under threat and we can really help look after them. Here’s just 5 ways:
1. If you have a garden, plant flowers that attract Bees
Bee’s don’t just make honey – they help pollinate flowers to produce fruit and seeds too you know.
If I had a garden I’d fill it with pretty Sunflowers and Foxgloves bit like this Gustav Klimt painting.
You might have heard about the serious problems our honey bees are facing, but many wild bumblebees and solitary bees are also declining at an alarming rate and they need shelter. Solitary bees, as the name suggests work alone and don’t have a big social circle like honey bees and bumble bees who follow a Queen and hang out with other worker bees. Bit like me freelancing at the moment!
2. Build a Bee Hotel – this is for solitary bees
So how about build a bee hotel? You can do it easily, here is a fact sheet and make it as cool as you like. If I had a garden I’d probably build the Soho House for Solitary Bees.
Did you know that there are actually 254 species of wild bumblebee and solitary bee in the UK with some bumblebee species already extinct? A quarter of British bees are listed in the Red Data Book of threatened species. But none are protected by law.
3. So… come on let’s help make it law!
And no, I’m not asking you to make a sign and stand outside No.10 dressed as a bee. You can ask the government to reduce the use of pesticides that are harmful to bees and to us from your desk and it takes 2 mins on the Friends of the Earth website HERE
4. Become a Bee Keeper
Courses from the British Beekeepers Association. We can totally rock this look…
5. Buy local honey and support beekeepers
I’d like to keep bees but like most Londoners haven’t moved to a place with a garden yet. I always buy a pot of local honey on my travels, whether it’s skiing in the French Alps, a weekend break in Melton Mowbray or when I’m in Hackney – each with their own distinct tastes depending on the flora and vegetation of that area. I’ve found that city honey always has a stronger, heavier taste.
I’m going to start my honey review collection on this site slipping in some Bee facts along the way in a bid to slowly brainwash you to help save our bees.