A bee approaching the nectar of a bright yellow flower

Save The Bees

“No Bees, No Honey; No Work, No Money” Proverb
A bee approaching the nectar of a bright yellow flower

Save The Bees

A single bee colony can pollinate 300 million flowers each day. Grains are primarily pollinated by the wind, but fruits, nuts and vegetables are pollinated by bees. Seventy out of the top 100 crops that humans consume, which supplies up to 90% of the world’s nutrition, are pollinated by bees! No bees, no food, it’s that simple!

 

1. Why are bees under threat?

2. Six Easy ways to help save our bees

3. Learn more about bees

A single bee colony can pollinate 300 million flowers each day. Grains are primarily pollinated by the wind, but fruits, nuts and vegetables are pollinated by bees. Seventy out of the top 100 crops that humans consume, which supplies up to 90% of the world’s nutrition, are pollinated by bees! No bees, no food, it’s that simple!

 

1. Why are bees under threat?

2. Six ways to help save our bees

3. Learn more about bees

Why are bees under threat?

Bee communities, both wild and managed, have been declining over the last half century. Scientists have found that bees are dying from a variety of factors; pesticides, drought, habitat destruction, nutrition deficit, air pollution and climate change.

 

Though many of these causes are interrelated, the bottom line is that humans are largely responsible for the two most prominent causes: pesticides and habitat loss.

Pesticides being sprayed over cereal crops

Why are bees under threat?

Bee communities, both wild and managed, have been declining over the last half century. Scientists have found that bees are dying from a variety of factors; pesticides, drought, habitat destruction, nutrition deficit, air pollution and climate change.

Pesticides being sprayed over cereal crops

Though many of these causes are interrelated, the bottom line is that humans are largely responsible for the two most prominent causes: pesticides and habitat loss.

Six Easy ways to help save our bees

1. Go Organic: Honeybees feed on the flowers from nearby crops and ornamental plants, and it is vital that these are not coated in pesticides that could weaken the hive. Organic farming is the overarching new policy trend that will stabilize human food production, preserve wild habitats, and protect the bees. The nation of Bhutan has led the world in adopting a 100% organic farming policy, while eight European countries have followed suit and banned particular pesticides and genetically modified crops to help revive bee numbers.

Ensure your fruit and vegetables are organically and locally grown if possible, and that you are not using any pesticides in your own garden …even if those weeds do look unsightly on your driveway!

Bees returning to the hive
Bees returning to the hive

Six Easy ways to help save our bees

1. Go Organic: Honeybees feed on the flowers from nearby crops and ornamental plants, and it is vital that these are not coated in pesticides that could weaken the hive. Organic farming is the overarching new policy trend that will stabilize human food production, preserve wild habitats, and protect the bees. The nation of Bhutan has led the world in adopting a 100% organic farming policy, while eight European countries have followed suit and banned particular pesticides and genetically modified crops to help revive bee numbers.

Ensure your fruit and vegetables are organically and locally grown if possible, and that you are not using any pesticides in your own garden …even if those weeds do look unsightly on your driveway!

A bee taking nectar from a white flower

2. Build a bee hotel: Like human hotels, by building a bee hotel, you’ll be supplying accommodation, refreshment and even breakfast for bees. Follow this step-by-step guide on how to build and where to put a bee hotel.

3. Plant for pollinators: Planting for pollinators in your garden, allotment, or even balcony will help honeybees immensely. Bees forage from flowers rich in nectar and pollen, the former contains the sugar they require for energy while the latter provides them essential proteins and oils. When flowers are scarce, bees can starve. Use this plant for pollinators guide to discover which plants (flowers, herbs, shrubs and trees) to grow, and when they flower. Different bees are active throughout the year, so you’ll need flowering plants from spring to winter.

4. Build a bee hive: You can make a huge impact to the health of your local ecosystem by starting a bee hive. Having your own beehive can help you learn about bee biology, bee ecosystems, and improve the environment around you. Plus, you get the added benefits of bee products such as raw honey and beeswax, as well as the satisfaction and joy derived from working with a hive.

Contact your local beekeeping club for more information.

5. Support your local beekeeper: If you’re not ready for a hive of your own, you can indirectly help bees by supporting your local beekeeper. These keepers work hard to nurture their bees and better the local community for bees and humans alike. The easiest way to do this is to buy locally-made honey and beeswax products. Such as soaps, lotions, and candles.

A beekeeper checking a hive

6. Sponsor a bee hive: If you’d like a hive but don’t have the time nor space, why not help fund new hive installations? The Honeybee Conservancy in the U.S. and The British Beekeeping Association are working to install stocked honeybee hives and solitary bee homes in communities across the United States and the UK respectively. By sponsoring/adopting a bee hive, you aren’t only helping to save the bees, but to improve communities – beehives provide training and learning opportunities for both young and old, and the bees can help improve the local ecosystem. Such sponsorship programs provide bees and equipment to help people safely set up, maintain, and observe such on-site bee sanctuaries at schools, community gardens, and green spaces.

A beekeeper taking the honeycomb from a hive
Beekeeper removing a frame from the hive

Learn more about bees, beekeeping and saving bees

If you’d like to learn more about bees and/or beekeeping we recommend the following titles:

The Bee Book: Discover the Wonder of Bees and How to Protect Them for Generations to Come (2016) by DK

Beekeeping: Inspiration and Practical Advice for Beginners (National Trust Home & Garden) (2017) by Andrew T. Davies

A World Without Bees (2009) by Alison Benjamin & Brian McCallum

The bee Manual: The Complete Step-by-Step Guide to Keeping Bees (2015) by Claire Waring & Adrain Waring

A bee approaching a flowering hawthorn bush

If you’d like to learn more about how you can further help this world-wide cause, follow checkout:

friendsoftheearth.uk

sos-bees.org

thehoneybeeconservancy.org

planetbee.org

 

2. Build a bee hotel: Like human hotels, by building a bee hotel, you’ll be supplying accommodation, refreshment and even breakfast for bees. Follow this step-by-step guide on how to build and where to put a bee hotel.

3. Plant for pollinators: Planting for pollinators in your garden, allotment, or even balcony will help honeybees immensely. Bees forage from flowers rich in nectar and pollen, the former contains the sugar they require for energy while the latter provides them essential proteins and oils. When flowers are scarce, bees can starve. Use this plant for pollinators guide to discover which plants (flowers, herbs, shrubs and trees) to grow, and when they flower. Different bees are active throughout the year, so you’ll need flowering plants from spring to winter.

A bee taking nectar from a white flower

4. Build a bee hive: You can make a huge impact to the health of your local ecosystem by starting a bee hive. Having your own beehive can help you learn about bee biology, bee ecosystems, and improve the environment around you. Plus, you get the added benefits of bee products such as raw honey and beeswax, as well as the satisfaction and joy derived from working with a hive.

Contact your local beekeeping club for more information.

5. Support your local beekeeper: If you’re not ready for a hive of your own, you can indirectly help bees by supporting your local beekeeper. These keepers work hard to nurture their bees and better the local community for bees and humans alike. The easiest way to do this is to buy locally-made honey and beeswax products. Such as soaps, lotions, and candles.

A beekeeper checking a hive

6. Sponsor a bee hive: If you’d like a hive but don’t have the time nor space, why not help fund new hive installations? The Honeybee Conservancy in the U.S. and The British Beekeeping Association are working to install stocked honeybee hives and solitary bee homes in communities across the United States and the UK respectively. By sponsoring/adopting a bee hive, you aren’t only helping to save the bees, but to improve communities – beehives provide training and learning opportunities for both young and old, and the bees can help improve the local ecosystem. Such sponsorship programs provide bees and equipment to help people safely set up, maintain, and observe such on-site bee sanctuaries at schools, community gardens, and green spaces.

A beekeeper taking the honeycomb from a hive

Learn more about bees, beekeeping and saving bees

If you’d like to learn more about bees and/or beekeeping we recommend the following titles:

The Bee Book: Discover the Wonder of Bees and How to Protect Them for Generations to Come (2016) by DK

Beekeeping: Inspiration and Practical Advice for Beginners (National Trust Home & Garden) (2017) by Andrew T. Davies

A World Without Bees (2009) by Alison Benjamin & Brian McCallum

The bee Manual: The Complete Step-by-Step Guide to Keeping Bees (2015) by Claire Waring & Adrain Waring

If you’d like to learn more about how you can further help this world-wide cause, follow checkout:

friendsoftheearth.uk

sos-bees.org

thehoneybeeconservancy.org

planetbee.org

“No Bees,
No Honey,
No Work,
No Money”

“No Bees,
No Honey,
No Work,
No Money”

Sources & further reading

✅ for peer reviewed research

  1. 1. The Honeybee Conservancy – thehoneybeeconservancy.org
  2. 2. Planet Bee Foundation – planetbee.org
  3. 3. Friends of the Earth – friendsoftheearth.uk
  4. 4. The Bees in Decline – sos-bees.org

Sources & further reading

✅ for peer reviewed research

  1. 1. The Honeybee Conservancy – thehoneybeeconservancy.org
  2. 2. Planet Bee Foundation – planetbee.org
  3. 3. Friends of the Earth – friendsoftheearth.uk
  4. 4. The Bees in Decline – sos-bees.org