Since becoming a fully fledged vegetable and herb grower, I have become more and more aware of the vital contribution bees makes towards our food production and survival.
A little while ago I learned that there were only 250 species of bees in the UK, only 25 are native of which 5 are extinct and 3 others seriously under threat. It was last year I noted the lack of bees on my plot, so I made a conscious decision to start planting additional flowers and herbs both at home and at the plots, and I am so glad I did. I have never seen so many bees on one lavender plant - ever, and they are absolutely fascinating to watch.
The decline of bees has also been witnessed in other parts of the world, most notably America. A couple of months ago, I watched a documentary on the BBC4 called ‘Who killed the honeybee?’ this actually motivated me furthermore. Since then, I have been doing a bit of research, as I would like to play my small role in preserving the diversity of bees for generations to come. Along with
- providing plants, flowers and herbs for pollination; and
- providing bee houses and nesting boxes
I also have decided to become a member of the Bumblebee Conservation Trust.
Maybe oneday I will be able to become a beekeeper?! Who knows. I end by asking each and everyone of you if you can, please do try and plant at least one bee friendly herb or flower in your garden, window box or plot to encourage the longevity of our humble friends – the bumble bee.
PS There is also a blog helpsavebees that I will be following.