Today is World Bee Day, an annual reminder of the importance of bees to our ecosystems, the environment and agriculture. The event was founded in 2014 by the Slovenian Beekeepers’ Association, who travelled and campaigned until the 20th May 2017, when it was unanimously backed by the UN of New York. By 20th December 2017, after three years of campaigning, 20th May was officially named World Bee Day. In today’s blog we’re discussing some of the events being held to celebrate the event, how you can get involved by making your garden bee friendly, and how to support the cause in your local community.
Bee Day Celebrations
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s Bee day conference will be held online, and will feature discussions on the importance of bees and their products, and the significance of beekeepers. With a year of lockdown and disruption to many industries, this year will shed light on how this has impacted the beekeeping sector, production and the livelihoods of beekeepers.
This years event theme is: “Bee engaged – Build Back Better for Bees”, which aims to address these pressing issues by inspiring change on a personal level, while also encouraging governments to step forward and protect pollination services and sustainable solutions for honey production.
Environmental campaigning organisation Friends of the Earth discuss some facts about why we need to help bees, with 13 bee species becoming extinct since 1900, and another 35 species becoming endangered. Secondly, it's estimated by scientists that it’d cost over £1.8 billion every year to pollinate all crops in the UK by hand. And lastly, 97% of our grasslands have been lost over the past 60 years, leaving bees without a large portion of their natural habitat.
If you want to donate towards bee conservation, consider Friends of the Earth to give whatever you can to the cause while also receiving a Bee saver kit, featuring wildflower seeds for bee food, a garden planner, bee spotter and a step-by-step guide detailing hints and tips for saving bees.
As highlighted on worldbeeday.org, simply acknowledging the cause isn’t enough to enact greater positive change. In order to help improve the population of bees and their ability to thrive in nature, we encourage you to try and make your garden bee-friendly. You can do this in a number of ways, from growing new plants to making bee nests. In an article posted on Gardeners World, they provide a list of great ideas to make your garden more bee-friendly that are easy to do.
Buying Local Honey
As a way of supporting your local beekeepers following a tough period for many trades, we urge you to think of buying honey locally. This also supports beekeepers in your area, which in turn can have positive effects on crops and other local produce that bees can help create. The likes of Treebee supply raw Honey and their beekeeping practices are ethical, with their bees being rescued from extermination. Another local supplier to the Cheshire area is Hoole food market, who source their honey within 3 miles of Chester cross.
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