Today is World Bee Day and we think these small but mighty creatures really do deserve some love! Did you know that there are over 20,000 species of Bees on our planet, or that they are one of the top pollinators? But sadly their numbers are declining and whilst they aren't the only pollinators their decline would affect wildlife and nature.
Saving the bees is no small task, but there are a few swaps that we can make in our everyday lives to help keep our bees safe.
Make a Bee Bath
Fill a small pot or bird bath with water and add a few stones and pebbles inside so the bees can land safely and get some water. It's also a great way to keep them from swarming around pools or pet dishes.
Stay away from herbicides
So you probably do this already, but don't use herbicides like Glyphosate or insecticides, products like Round Up. By doing this you'll also be keeping money out of the hands on Monsanto! The reason to steer clear of things like synthetic pesticides, fertilisers, and herbicides is because these will keep bees away and can endanger their lives. You can get organic pesticides and if you must spray try and spray at night when pollinators are less active.
Shop Locally or buy organic
Not everyone has the space or time to grow their own food ( as delightful as it would be!) but you can try to shop locally and buy organic. By doing this you'll be supporting farmers who don't use the aforementioned pesticides and herbicides, but always double check with your local farm shop what their stand is to make sure.
Plant some flowers and make an insect friendly garden
In our garden we've planted a lot of lavender which not only smells divine but provides a happy playground for the bees. If you don't have a garden you can always hang some window boxes. If you do have a garden why not encourage your children to help you make an insect friendly area?
Buy local honey
Ok, we know some of you will be against the use of honey, but if you do like honey then buy locally, you'll be supporting a local business and encouraging the nurturing of local bees.