How Can We Help to Save the Bees?Colin Campbell-Preston
The fate of the human race and bees are closely related, with the insects playing a pivotal role in our survival. However, the global bee population is decreasing dramatically, which could seriously impact the human race, our crops and overall welfare.
There are simple ways that every gardener can help to save the bees – here are six great tips to get started:
- Nurture Bee-Friendly Plants
We have previously published a guide to finding and planting bee-friendly plants which will encourage a strong community in your back garden. This guide explains which plants bees find most alluring – take a look!
A garden packed full of bee-friendly plants will only serve to invite the winged, pollinating guests to your garden – which is great news for your flower patch.
- Avoid Harmful Treatments and Fertilisers
Non-organic treatments and fertilisers could have a negative impact on the garden, the atmosphere and the bee community. Before investing in treatments and fertilisers for the garden, check whether they are harmful to the bee community before spraying them with reckless abandon.
We understand the need to use treatments to get rid of pests, but bees certainly shouldn’t be counted in this category. Everything that bees do will help your garden to blossom and bloom.
- Keep Calm
It is not in a bee’s nature to actively seek out a person to sting – it is only a survival instinct if they sense fear and anger. Simply stay calm, even if a bee lands on your person, and let the insects pursue their great passion of feeding and pollinating plants.
Rather than wafting bees away, which could irritate and disorientate them, just let them go about their day-to-day business in peace and quiet. Bees are more likely to return to relaxing and accommodating gardens, where they feel comfortable and at ease.
- Buy Raw Honey
Whilst it may be more convenient and cheaper to buy mass-produced honey from the supermarket, these products may be chemically-assisted and irresponsibly-sourced. Buying raw honey from local beekeepers can help keep them in business and encourage them to continue producing honey without treating their produce with chemicals.
This will ensure more beekeepers continue accommodating their bees in sustainable and natural environments.
- Quench their Thirst
Because their food is mostly a by-product of beautiful plant life and they’re happy serving themselves, many people don’t realise that bees require water. Leaving a small basin for bees to drink from after a tiring day pollinating your flowers will help quench their thirst and keep them hydrated.
A hydrated bee is a happy bee who will go about his or her pollinating business with renewed vigour.
- Voice your Views
The fate of the bees is a growing concern for more and more people around the world. Whilst making small changes around your home can help the local bee communities – more collective action can help the entire world. Change.org have a number of petitions regarding the safety of bees – encouraging the government and authorities to make changes to the law which will benefit the welfare of the bees and the planet.
By standing up together, we can arrest the declining numbers of bees in the world and ensure their survival so future generations can benefit from these beautiful, wonderful creatures. Bees are an important part of the world’s ecosystem and we should treat them with the respect that they need and deserve.
For more help creating a bee-friendly and environmentally-sound garden, visit the Plant People at one of Capital Gardens’ three London garden centres, or call us now on 0208 348 5054.