In 2017, the Rusty Patched Bumblebee (bombus affinis) was the first wild bee to be categorised as endangered in the USA – which is extremely worrying for our buzzy little friends, but just as worrying for us.
Without bees, we’re going to run out of fruit and vegetables very fast, we won’t be able to live a sustainable life without them– which will result in environmental and economic destruction. I believe it’s our duty to take care of our stripy friends, so here’s a list of how we can help.
1.Let Wild Flowers Grow in your Garden.
Bee’s love your typical English garden flower, like Daisy’s, Dandelions and Clover – keep patches of these around for the Bee’s to acquire.
2.Or, Plant Bee Friendly Flowers
If you’re not satisfied with typical weeds in your garden, you can always plant some prettier bee friendly plants, like Sunflowers, Blue Saints, Hyssop, Asters and Purple Coneflower – There’s tonnes of these Bee’s love, so juts give it a quick google to find your favourites. There’s actually quite a few websites you can get free Bee friendly flower seeds from.
3.Say Buzz-Off to Pesticides!
Don’t spray any of your green garden with those pesky pesticides! 57 different types of pesticides are poisoning Bee’s across Europe, according to a study by Tomasz Kiljanek. Allow your plants to be organic!
Voting with your pennies is an incredibly important and easy from of activism – buying as much organic produce as you can will demonstrate demand for these products, and will show farmers that we’re not into those crazy chemicals -guilt free dinners from now on.
5.Revive Tired Bees
If you’ve ever seen a tired, struggling Bee on the side of the path outside your house – there’s a really simple way to help that little guy out. Simply mix two tablespoons of white sugar with one tablespoon of water, and leave it beside the Bee, and watch as they hopefully spark up! Remember – do not give them honey!
6.Share Your Knowledge
Become involved with signing petitions calling for a ban on the Bee-killing pesticides and share your new-found knowledge to all your friends and family to spread the world!
If they could talk to us, I’m sure this is what they’d be asking you to do!