Love them or hate them…we can’t live without them. We might all take them for granted, but they are vital to the stable and nutritious foods we need to live our lives. Over the course of time, bees have adapted into natural pollinators, which in turn, helps plants to grow and produce food. They do this by transferring pollen between plants and keep the circle of life growing. Now that we have said it like that, do you think bees are our friends? We certainly hope so!
They Are a Symbol of Nature
Bees are a symbol of nature all over the world. However, if the bee population suddenly declines (even more than what it currently is), this is a further sign that our planet is in big trouble.
By making sure the bees are okay, they will keep the circle of life going and boost the colour of our countryside. In fact, over 80% of all wildflowers in Europe need bees in order to survive. So, next time you see a nest, please save them and reconsider calling a bee removal expert.
They Make Honey
As well as being pollinators, bees also produce honey. They make honey as a way of storing food to eat during the winter months when there are no flowers to visit. This golden nectar is a valuable product not only for its excellent taste, but also due to its medicinal properties and the fact it is so energy-rich.
How You Can Help Bees Survive
We can all help the bee population thrive by doing little things that make a big difference, from avoiding chemicals to growing the right plants. Follow our easy tips.
Buy Some Bee-Friendly Garden Plants
Luckily enough, loads of plants are bee-friendly. You might just not have them in your garden yet. You also don’t need to worry if you are not a seasoned gardener as you can start small and learn as you go. To get started, you could put some plants in pots for your patio or seed some herbs.
Provide Them With Low Lying Shelter
Cutting your grass less often will give bees a place to shelter and peacefully eat. If you don’t like the idea of letting your grass get a bit out of control, you could simply raise the notches on your lawnmower to lift the cutting blade up by a few centimetres.
Another cheap way of giving them a safe space is by making a small pile of wood at the bottom of your garden. Over time, the wood will start to rot, which will give it a natural look.
Throw Away The Chemicals and Pesticides
Chemicals and pesticides are considered the single biggest factor related to the declining bee population. We know that sometimes it can be tempting to buy these products as they are effective, but they are hugely damaging to our environment. So, next time you are thinking about using them, why not search online for natural alternatives that are not toxic to our bees.
Make a Bee Bath
Being a worker bee can be thirsty work, so why not help them out when they are in your garden? You could simply get a bowl from your kitchen cupboard, fill it with fresh, clean water and arrange a few pebbles inside. Bees will like the natural-looking bath and come down for a drink and wash. Most importantly, they will be very grateful that you did it for them.
Buy Local Honey
Beekeepers work tirelessly to nurture their bee communities and keep them safe. You could show your appreciation by buying honey off them and support what they do. In turn, this helps protect the bees. If you can afford to, you could also make monthly contributions to organisations such as the Bumblebee Conservation Trust and Beekeeping – The British Bee Charity.
Look After The Bees, and They Will Look After Us
Can you imagine a world where you go to the supermarket, and none of your favourite fruit is on the shelves? That could be a reality one day if we don’t start looking out for our bees more. They pollinate our food and flowers and make our countryside bright and beautiful. So, look after the bees and they will look after us for some time to come.