Are bees important and should we work to save them?


Hey everyone,

On 20th May it was the 2nd ever National Bee Day, to raise awareness of this great insect and their impact on the world.

Did you know (I definitely didn’t!) that bees’ pollination work has been estimated to have an economic value of roughly
$235 billion annually worldwide and that at least ⅓ of food is pollination dependent?? But there’s been a sharp decline in the bee population over the last 10 years due to climate change, habitat loss, the use of pesticides and disease...




The FAO has published an interesting document about pollinators and how they contribute to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal of Zero Hunger - as well as having a key part in biodiversity and ensuring we have healthy crops (mainly fruit and veg!), “they contribute to building resilient livelihoods and creating new jobs, for poor smallholder farmers in particular, satisfying the growing demand for healthy, nutritious food as
well as non-food products” across the world.

What can we do to #SaveTheBees and ensure that this pollinating species doesn’t die out? :foldedhands:

With such beeautiful weather at the mo it’s a great opportunity to follow the British Beekeeping Association’s advice on how we can help the honey bee - they’ve published a top 10 list of plants that are great for bees, whether your garden is 1 hanging basket, a balcony or an allotment everyone can get involved!
They also advise not using pesticides if possible.

Do you agree that it’s a cause worth making a buzz about?

Any tips for helping bees (and other pollinators such as butterflies!) in our gardens?



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One for you our Jonny !!!!!! 👍👍👍👍👏, adore 🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝👏👏👏👏👏
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Thanks bev.
Now in the short time i have been keeping bees i have leart a lot.a number of factors is holding back the bee populaation.
Loss of natural habitat where the bees can build a hive naturally, a swarm of bees moving into someones garden or public space and setting up home is considered a pest and they are either removed or killed. They moved there because they consider it a good location for them, just not for us.
Farming and gardening we all love a pretty garden but is it bee frindly if it is you will have a range of plants and flowers all year round,if its warm enough bees will fly and collect pollen so make sure there is some. Let your hedge flower,let daisy grow in the grass.wild areas even if its only a small patch.
Even the smallest garden can have a bee hive even a roof top, that flat garage roof can have a hive. There is a lot to learn but as a rule if you follow some simple steps you wont get stung or attacked. Just remember if you do have a go dont eat all the honey thats what they live on in winter.
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Nice read Jonny 👏👏👏👏. Long live the 🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝💕🍯🍯🍯
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Just remember if you do have a go dont eat all the honey thats what they live on in winter.


:eek: I didn't realise that!! That's a really good point.

What're the steps to avoid getting stung? That must be most peoples' biggest worry with them, so would be good to understand what to do :checkmark:

Apparently bees also love herbs such as mint and rosemary, not just flowers. Handy to know as different plants blossom at different times of year to also help them in Autumn not just Spring and Summer 🆙
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Bees only sting as a defence, top tips if you find a hive
1. Walk away.
2. If you get curious do not block or cross the bees flight path in and out of the hive they see it as a threat. Stand behind a hive and almost certainly you wont get stung.
3. When bees sting they leave a barb in you this barb will attract other bees as you have been marked as an enemy.walk faster.
4. Dont annoy them and you can get this close without a bee suit or being stung. Final tip if you know your going near bees dont wear deodorants especially flower scented ones.
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Fantastic Jon1, my hubby has always wanted to keep bees, but don't think our garden is big enough.
I love it when bees visit our garden tho. Love to see them. 🆙
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Thanks bev.
Now in the short time i have been keeping bees i have leart a lot.a number of factors is holding back the bee populaation.
Loss of natural habitat where the bees can build a hive naturally, a swarm of bees moving into someones garden or public space and setting up home is considered a pest and they are either removed or killed. They moved there because they consider it a good location for them, just not for us.
Farming and gardening we all love a pretty garden but is it bee frindly if it is you will have a range of plants and flowers all year round,if its warm enough bees will fly and collect pollen so make sure there is some. Let your hedge flower,let daisy grow in the grass.wild areas even if its only a small patch.
Even the smallest garden can have a bee hive even a roof top, that flat garage roof can have a hive. There is a lot to learn but as a rule if you follow some simple steps you wont get stung or attacked. Just remember if you do have a go dont eat all the honey thats what they live on in winter.
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Fab knowledge Jonny 👍👏👏👏. Thank you!
Amazing pic @Jon1 ❤

Also really good advice! Thanks for that 😃 the 'walk faster' part in particular 😉
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First we had "snakes on a plane" im just hoping " bees in the car " is not a sequel. 🙏🐝🐝🐝
Let's hope you don't need to come to a sudden stop.. :eek:
Bees everywhere!
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First we had "snakes on a plane" im just hoping " bees in the car " is not a sequel. 2178



What the :eek: ?!
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Haha. Setting up a new hive, so its 20000 bees in transit. No sudden stoppping planned they sound angry enough as it is.
Sorry officer i didnt mean to crash.
20,000?!? :eek: that's a lotta bees!

How do you set up a new hive? 😕 How many will you then have in total?
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Keep us posted Jonny 🙀. Seriously, fascinating stuff 👍👍👏👏🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝
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hi Angela
It might not be big enough to keep bees but you can encourage them with your lawn (a bonus if you hate weeding the lawn)
Have a look HERE
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Fantastic Jon1, my hubby has always wanted to keep bees, but don't think our garden is big enough.
I love it when bees visit our garden tho. Love to see them. 🆙
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haha, if you get stopped just say you were fed up with the wife so you replaced her with something friendlier. - Would you like to take a look officer?
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Haha. Setting up a new hive, so its 20000 bees in transit. No sudden stoppping planned they sound angry enough as it is.
Sorry officer i didnt mean to crash.
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haha, if you get stopped just say you were fed up with the wife so you replaced her with something friendlier. - Would you like to take a look officer?


I've loved reading this thread. I keep part of my garden semi wild for the bees and encouraged lots of foxgloves to grow which are beautiful and the bees love them.

However, I have been disappointed that I have picked up at least 6 dead bumble bees off the lawn within the last couple of weeks and one of these bees had another bee's head at the side of it. Does anyone know what might be going on?

I do not use any products on the garden at all. I am located in Cheshire and have experienced an awful lot of rain recently and wondered if this affects them feeding.

I haven't seen any dead honey bees.
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Hi ange. This can be down to the wet wet weather we have been having lately, most species of bees cant and wont fly in the rain,
Bumble bees dont hive like honey bees and will simply sleep wherever they find a good spot,but cold and wet mean they dont fly and feed so eventually die.honey bees will simply stay in their hives and eat the pollen thay have collected, but if bad times continue they will die over winter due to lack of food reserves.

Wasps will also attack bees for the honey in their guts, they swoop in grab a bee behead it and fly off with the abdomen and take back to their nest for the food.so its just nature at work, as sad as it seems.
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Sooooo interesting Jonny 👍👍👍👍, thank you 👏👏👏👏👏🐝🐝🐝
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We need to look after our bees. I read somewhere that if bees become extinct, the human race would die out within 4 years (as no bees to pollinate plants) 🐝🐝🐝
Jon, thanks so much for this knowledge you're sharing. I had no idea that wasps did this to bees!!!!

They're just the gift that keeps on giving, must have come out of Pandora's box!
Out in Bristol city centre over the weekend, I saw that they've put up about 4 bee and bug hotels around one of the main squares, so great to see 😃

@Jon1 was this you...

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I despair at the postal service nowdays ive been waiting weeks for them to turn up......

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