The importance of Bees
Ever wondered where all the food that you eat comes from? It might surprise you that a significant proportion is provided by bees one way or another.
If you look at the plate of food on your dinner table, bees have played their part either pollinating the many vegetables and fruits we eat directly or pollinating the food for the animals that we then consume. And that’s not all bees do for us – honey and wax are two other important products that come courtesy of bees.
But honey bees are disappearing globally at an alarming rate due to pesticides, parasites, disease and habitat loss. If these little insects that help provide so much of the food we eat were to vanish, what would we do without them?
What bees do for us
An illustration of what all honey bees, and a colony of honey bees, do for us in the UK each year. However, pollination is from all invertebrates, of which honey bees are a significant contributor.
Pollination and food production
All sorts of fruit and vegetables are pollinated by honey bees, such as broccoli and squash, apples and almonds.
Pollination is not just important for the food we eat directly, it’s vital for the foraging crops, such as field beans and clover, used to feed the livestock we depend on for meat. Just as importantly, it helps to feed many other animals in the food chain and maintains the genetic diversity of the flowering plant
What threats are there to UK bees?
- The use of pesticides
- Loss of Habitat
- Extreme Weather
- Competition from invasive species
What can we do to help?
- Grow more flowers, shrubs and trees
- Don’t cut the grass so often
- Create a wild garden or wildflower meadow
- Try not to use pesticides
- Don’t disturb natural habitats
- Create habitats
Alan Titchmarsh shows you what to plant in your garden to encourage bees.
Do your bit for the planet and become a beekeeper…..it’s easier than you might think!
There are several Beekeeper groups in Brightwater.
Many who provide training, information and regular workshops/talks. Here are just some of our local Beekeepers:
If you’re not local to the Brightwater patch, find your nearest group here
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- History of beekeeping
- the various components of a hive
- The lifecycle of bees
- Pests and diseases
- Swarm control and education.