And not only plants, according to Natural Living Ideas, 250.000 species of plants would struggle to reproduce in a world without bees, decreasing in number and therefore the population of animals who depend on these plants to feed would decrease too. Bees are hard working creatures which not only work hard all day long and are great pollinators but they are the only insect in the world which produce something that humans can eat: honey.
Unfortunately, since 2006 the hard working species has been declining significantly and we are worried that if this keeps going, we might be in danger of loosing them in the future. Happily, there is something we can all do, small changes with a big, positive impact on the local bee population. Start by avoiding to use chemical pesticides, garden organically and shop from organic farmers, who work with nature rather than “against” nature by harming the soil and insects. Another important thing you can is plant bee friendly plants like: Portuguese Laurel, Lavender, Rosemary, Fuchsia, Lilac and so much more (the complete list here. Bees work hard all day and they suffer from dehydration and exhaustion too. A great way to help them is by setting up a bee refreshment station. Mix a tablespoon of water with two tablespoons of sugar, which will give the insects enough water and energy to keep working so leave the mixture close to the above mentioned bee friendly plants. However, do not give bees honey or artificial sweeteners. It is hard to believe it but while we can eat honey from anywhere, to bees, it can transmit viruses which are contagious among them, that is why every bee family should eat their own honey.
It is also important to raise awareness about the bee problem and encourage your friends, family and acquaintances to help them too.
Thank you for reading!