Today is world bee day and we are buzzing with love for these amazing little creatures.
Bees have been producing honey now for over 150 million years so I think we can all learn a thing or too from their work ethic and focus. Unfortunately, bee colonies have been declining due a wide range of factors, including climate change, pollution, the use of pesticides.
These pollinators are crucial to sustaining our current food production levels so we better start reversing this disappearing trend as quickly as possible.
Plant some flowers that are rich in nectar like lavender.
Don’t treat your garden with chemicals that are harmful to wildlife. Always check the label!
Create a wild patch in your garden. Leave some dandelions around for the bees. These are important food sources.
In the summer months leave a fresh bowl of water, they will appeciate it.
Buy local, organic honey. Head to your local farmers market and have a chat with them bfore you buy the products.
Watch one of these amazing bee documentaries to learn more about the art of bee keeping. More than Honey (2012) by Markus Imhoof or The Last Beekeeper by Jeremy Simmons will certainly give you food for thought. Or why not watch Bee Movie with Friends, Barry Benson will take you fantastic animated journey. Hopefully this will inspire some to protect our declining Bee colonies.
If you know more ways that we can celebrate World Bee Day and help to save the bees we are all about nature here at Orchards near me and would love to hear from you.