It’s no secret that bees are an absolutely essential part of our ecosystem, which is why it’s so important we prevent their tragic decline in population. Pesticides, habitat loss, and parasites have contributed to a serious decline in the UK’s bee population over the last 50 years. 13 species have gone extinct over the last 20 years and a further 10% of species are estimated to disappear over the next 5 unless we take action now!
This is worrying news, but you can help protect bees from your home. Firstly, go organic! The biggest threat to bees are the synthetic pesticides and fertilisers used in commercial farming. Bees that land on pesticide covered crops can die instantly. To protect bees, consider buying only organic fruits and vegetables, and refrain from using chemical products on your own garden!
Make your garden bee friendly! Habitat loss is a major threat to bees. With an estimated 97% of wildflower meadows lost in the UK since WW2 its important we create safe spaces for travelling bees and provide them with as many pollinating plants as possible. The easiest way to do this is by simply letting your grass grow a little more in the spring, allowing wildflowers to bloom and providing sweet nectar for the bees. If you need your grass neat or don’t have a garden at all, you can also plant these pollinators in your garden or windowsill planter. Another great way to help bees is by building bee baths and hotels. Most bees native to the UK are actually solitary creatures, and can often get exhausted seeking out safe havens in urban areas. Build a bee bath by filling a shallow dish with water and stones (so the bee can sit down) or construct a bee hotel using some leftover cardboard or plastic shaped into a shelter.
Einstein once said ““If the bee disappeared off the surface of the globe then man would only have four years of life left.” So do your part and let’s save the bees!
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