Today we are celebrating World Bee Day in Beatlie.
This year’s theme is ‘Bee engaged – Build Back Better for Bees’
A third of the world’s food production depends on bees.
Bees pollinate (a process vital to crops growing) three quarters (75%) of leading global crops, including oilseed rape, apples, soft fruits, beans and courgettes, as well as things like tomatoes and strawberries.
Bees are vital for maintaining the balance between living organisms such as human beings, plants, and animals as well as their environment.
They also help reduce pollution.
Scientific studies have proven that bees have become increasingly endangered. So what can be done to help?
- Planting bee-friendly plants like heather and daisies and red clover on balconies, terraces, and in gardens can help
- Leaving sections of the garden wild and letting the grass grow long gives the bees a place to shelter
- Create a bee hotel for your garden’s bee population
- Leaving a small dish with a few pebbles and shallow water in can help if a bee is thirsty
- There are also special bricks which bees can live in
- Don’t use pesticides as they are really harmful to bees
- Buy honey and other hive products from your nearest local beekeeper