It’s amazing how you learn something new every day. Take Countryfile! I know it’s not everyone’s cup of tea but hubby and I both love it! It’s also one of Lola’s favourite programmes too!
We have a few to catch up on, however the episode last night featured a section on the bee!
We have all heard about the decline of the bee, but do we really appreciate the importance of them?
For some, they are a nuisance. The fear of getting stung out ways anything else! But to be honest, unlike the really annoying wasp, which I really can’t be doing with, the bee is only interested in your pollen! They will only attack you if they feel attacked themselves!
So, what did I learn last night? Well, did you know there is over 270 species of bee? I didn’t! There is the honey bee, who is all fluffy and cute! They live together with their queen and other bees! The women do all the work! I had to laugh last night! When asked on the programme last night what the male does, the answer came back – they have sex and get drunk ! Sounds about right ! 😂
The other bees live in solitude. Maybe in the same area as other bees but not in groups like the honey bee!
I also learnt that some bees build their nests underground. Not what I would have said! They are also related to the ant!!
The numbers of bees are in massive decline. We have already lost around 19 species ! That is so sad!
Bees are really important. Yes they make honey? But they do a whole lot more!
Their pollination means we get the fruit and vegetables we eat every day. Without this we wouldn’t have the food on our plate!
So why are they declining? There are many reasons including loss of meadows, pesticides etc.
There is a lot we could be doing to help them though! Planting flowers and herbs that are bee friendly will really help.
Lavender is a great one! If you are not sure what to go for, most garden centres now have signs that highlight if they are bee friendly.
You don’t need to have a big garden! A few pots on your patio would be a great help.
A good water supply is essential, so a pond or water feature would be great, but if you don’t have that, how about just a bucket or bowl ?
Why not put up bee hotels in your garden for the solitude bees?
Every little helps!
So next time you are in your garden have a look around! Is there anything you could do to help keep the food we eat on our plates ?