Bees may be tiny but they are essential to a healthy environment and healthy economy. Bees are responsible for pollinating many of our key fruit and vegetable crops and without their help, over one third of our crop supply could be in danger of disappearing. It would cost UK farmers £1.8 billion every year to pollinate their crops without the help from our busy bees which would cause food prices to increase and would have a devastating effect on the economy.
Research has shown that since 1990, the UK has lost 20 species of bee and a further 35 species are considered under threat of extinction. The main cause of bees’ decline are habitat loss, disease, pesticides, farming practices, pollution and climate change.
Without bees we are in trouble. But people can make a huge difference by taking action now and doing a few simple things. Planting flowers in your flat window or garden that are rich in nectar will provide a vital food source for the bees and choosing local British Honey will lend your support to our honey bees and their beekeepers. Encourage others to do the same and create a bee friendly community. You could also create a bee hotel in your garden with the use of empty plastic bottles, bundles of plant stems or untreated timber to allow the bees to nest. Any small change will make a huge difference to our humble bees and Is vital for the bees well being and our own.
If you would like to find out more on how you can help and get involved, Friends of the Earth have some great ideas and they have set up a petition for our government to ban the use of neonicotinoids on crops which has been proven to be harmful to bees. You can visit them here.