#TODAY is World #Bee Day which takes place on 20th of May each year, and serves to spread awareness of the significance of bees.
This year’s theme is ‘Bee engaged – Build Back Better for Bees’, and it’s focus is on identifying ways (new and old) to help restore, support and enhance the role of the popular pollinators during a time when lots of countries continue to deal with the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.
So why are bees so important?
1.A third of the world’s food production depends on bees.
2.Bees pollinate (a process vital to crops growing) three quarters (75%) of leading global crops, including oilseed rape, apples, soft fruits, beans and courgettes, as well as things like tomatoes and strawberries.
3.Bees are vital for maintaining the balance between living organisms such as human beings, plants, and animals as well as their environment. They also help reduce pollution!!!!Scientific studies have proven that bees have become increasingly endangered. The UN says one million species face extinction.
SO How Can You Help?
• Planting bee-friendly plants like lavender, heather and daisies and red clover on balconies, terraces, and in gardens can help
• Excuse the weeds, we are feeding the bees – Leaving sections of the garden wild and letting the grass grow long gives the bees a place to feed & shelter.
• Create a bee hotel for your garden’s bee population
• Leaving a small dish with a few pebbles and shallow water in can help if a bee is thirsty
• Don’t use pesticides as they are really harmful to bees
And finally, no matter where you are in the world, Buy honey and other hive products from your nearest local beekeeper. In supermarkets, always look at the descriptions on the labels since some honey on the shelves will have been “watered down” with syrup in order to increase the profit margin at the expense of quality and in turn that means that fewer resources are given back to the