Sunday, 11 September 2011

How To Bee Friendly

In the spring of 2007 there was a noticeable decline in the Bee population, the estimated drop was around
30 billion; an estimate of 25% of all the bees in the northern hemisphere.
Some of the contributing factors include:

  • Urbanisation and global warming
  • The increased use of pesticides and herbicides
  • The increased use of mobile phones, causing an increase in atmospheric electro-magnetic radiation
  • Blood sucking mites, and viral infections.  
Some Bee Facts.

  • There are around 20,000 different bee species worldwide
  • Bees have been around for millions of years
  • Their Latin name is Apis Mellifera
  • Bees are the only insect that produce food eaten by man
  • The honey produced by bees are the only food that includes all the substances necessary to sustain life
  • It takes around 1 ounce of honey to fuel the bee's trip around the world
  • The average worker bee produces around 1/12th of a teaspoon of honey during its lifetime
  • A bee visits between 50-100 flowers during a collection trip
  • There are between 20.000 - 60,000 bees in a colony, but there is only 1 Queen
  • The average worker bee lives for around 6 weeks, but the Queen will live for up to 5 years
  • Male workers (drones) do not collect pollen, have no sting and are only for mating and keeping the hives clean.
  • Worker females collect pollen and will sting if they feel threatened
  • During winter the bees live on the honey that they have stored in their hives; and cluster together to keep their Queen and themselves warm
  • Around 90 different fruit and vegetable crops worldwide depend on bees for pollination.
Beeing Friendly

Think about keeping a bee hive, or maybe sponsoring one.Remember, you do not need a lot of space to keep a bee hive. However, what you will need is time and patience, for more information you can contact your local Beekeepers Association for training and advice.
Plant bee friendly flowers and herbs
Keep one area of your garden in a natural state, encourage the growth of wild flowers and herbs
Donate financially towards breeding programmes, again contact your local Beekeepers Association