Today the world celebrates and recognises the importance of our fuzzy little black and yellow friends!
Honeybees have been around for millions of years and are responsible for pollinating plants and making yummy golden honey.
Life without these hard-working invertebrates would not be the same. The diversity and availability of food would be massively reduced, leading to food shortages and declines in health.
However, sadly a future without bees is looking more and more likely due to the countless threats the species face. This includes habitat loss and the use of harmful pesticides which are toxic to bees when ingested during pollination.
Luckily, there are many things we can do to help save the bee before it is too late! These changes, if made, go hand in hand with saving our trees and forests, an equally important aspect of our ecosystem.
Stop using pesticides
Pesticides are an extreme threat to the Honeybee due to their toxicity. By simply stopping using these harmful pesticides in your garden you can have a significant impact on saving the bees
Plant bee friendly flowers in your garden
This is one of the simplest ways to help bees. Honeybees are attracted to a wide range of flowering plants. In particular, bees love red clover, foxglove and birdsfoot trefoil. Simply plant these wherever you like and wait for the bees to arrive!
Provide shelter for the Honeybee
Honeybees require shelter for hibernation and to nest. You can create your own shelter or simply buy one from your local garden centre. Pick a spot in your garden which is sheltered and sunny and the bees will arrive during spring and summer.
Help a struggling Honeybee
In summer months if you find a bee on the ground not moving, chances are it is just exhausted and not dead. You can help by making a “bee energy drink” by mixing two parts white, granulated sugar with one part water. Place this near the bee and it will help to give the bee energy it needs to fly away.
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