Spring is here! The days are getting longer, the flowers are blooming and the bees are… the bees are.. where are the bees? If you’ve been lucky enough to catch a glimpse of our buzzing little friends then I’m sure, like myself, you got really excited. This time of year is when hibernating bees wake up and hives start humming with the sound of thousands of hungry teeny tiny mouths.
You must live with your head in the ground if you’ve missed the growing global concern for the health of pollinating insects over the last few years. In 2014 the government released the National Pollinator Strategy with a mission to protect the future of pollinators. One of it’s 5 key themes is “Supporting pollinators across towns, cities and the countryside”. Yes – towns and cities.
Our sustainunable revolution week 12 tip: Do something for the bees! Plant some flowers or shrubs, keep pot plants on your window ledge or, if you have the space, stick up a bee box.
The Wildlife Trusts have 5 simple steps for looking after the future of pollinators. My favourite one being “grow more flowers, shrubs and trees”. If you have limited space a few pot plants of pussy willow, lavender, or crabapple will go down a treat. Or check out the infographic from Friends of the Earth below which has more examples of what bees like and when.
You could also put up a bee box as not all bees are honey bees. Of the 250 species in the UK, only one species is a honeybee, in fact there’s only one honey bee species in the whole of Europe. Some species live in much smaller hives, but most are solitary. There solitary bees are just as vital for keeping our food chain going. So, look after the bees and have a go at building a Bee B&B or buying a helpful box*!
You can also find a more detailed list of flowers to plant at what time of year here on the London Bee Keepers Association .
Please comment and let us know how your revolution is going. 2017: the year of #positivechange.
*Bee boxes/ hotels do have to be looked after a little: ensure there’s no mould developing, fly larvae that eat the bees pollen and dead material are removed. This website has some good information.