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 worldwideand 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 documentabout 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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