What can we do to protect our bees?
Bees are our primary pollinators, pollinating a third of the food we eat and 80% of the world's flowering plants. Pollination is essential because many of our vegetables, fruits and the crops that feed our livestock rely on it to be fertilised, so without it, we could go hungry.
Bees are in decline across the world. Every year, we learn of greater habitat loss and diseases that are killing our precious bees. As one of earth's major pollinator groups, the loss poses a serious threat to the plants that rely on them and in turn everything that relies on their plants. That includes us! We must maintain the intimate relationship that we have with our honey bees!
What can we do to protect our bees health? The good news is that there are lots of things that you can do to help save the world's bees. And you don't have to be a beekeeper to do it. Make a commitment to help the planet and save the bees by trying one of these bee-friendly ideas:
Educate yourself and your children about the importance of bees. By better understanding them, we can protect them.
Buy local honey! From Buzzy Blends of course...
Plant your garden with native and bee friendly plants
Cut the chemicals! Purchase organic produce whenever possible and limit your own backyard use of herbicides and insecticides, especially when plants are in bloom and bees are foraging.
Create a 'Bee Garden'/ 'Bee Hotel'- Something fun to do with the kids! By providing a habitat for the bees, you can encourage nesting for our solitary friends.
Make sure that there is an adequate water source in your garden! Keep our bees hydrated in the summer months.
Create a Bee Bath! This is a really fun activity for you and your children. All you need to do is fill a shallow bird bath or a small bowl with clean water, and arrange pebbles and stones inside so that they poke out of the water. Bees will land on the stones and pebbles to drink the water as they take a break from foraging and pollinating. It's easy!
Bees Need Trees! Did you know that bees get most of their nectar from trees? When a tree blooms, it provides bees with hundreds if not thousands of blossoms to feed from. Trees are not only a great food source for bees but they are also essential to a bees habitat. Help by caring for trees and joining tree-planting parties in your area.