Most people that come into our shop love bees. There is just something about them that feels quintessentially British. There is nothing better than sitting in the garden, in the summer, whilst drinking a cold glass of something bubbly and listening to the bees buzz around the flower beds. However it is a sad fact that the Bee is in trouble.
Bee numbers in decline
There are several factors that are to blame for this. Along with evermore successful competitive species, disease and pesticides there is also a massive concern over excessive urban developments and intensive farming, which are thought to be the main factors contributing in a loss of habitat and a change in the optimum environment for our Bees. This means the bees are seeing a much less diverse food source. In fact, the last 60 years have seen us loose nearly 97% of our naturally occurring wild flowers in the UK. This has had a devastating affect on the bee population.
Reducing bee numbers will have a massive impact on life as we know it. They don’t just buzz around collecting nectar, they are crucial for plant pollination. The reduction of consumables like apples, pears, cereals, strawberries, walnuts and cherries; but we would also loose a lot of the animals that feed of bee pollinated plant material. For something so tiny they really are incredibly integral to how we produce our food.
How we can help our bees?
Because of the declining numbers, people are starting to act. There are several ways you can help increase the bee population. Planting a wide variety of flowers in your gardens or in any outside space available to you. Even better if you can leave weeds and include some wild flower sections in your borders. Buy organic veg and fruit where possible and don’t use any pesticides on plants at home. In the summer leave a small bowl of water out for bees as dehydration can be a risk on hot days. Buy local raw honey increasing the demand needed for local hives. We stock an amazing product called the Kabloom Pollinator Beebom Seedbom, which allows you to easily create a wonderful nectar rich flowerbed loved by bees.
How about keeping bees yourself? this can be a very rewarding hobby. It will require a small amount of free time, some outside space and the right equipment, but once setup and maintained will help to allow bees to thrive in your area, and supply you with your own yummy honey and beeswax. Have a read of this fantastic blog The ultimate guide to beekeeping for beginners for details about how you can get started with your own hive at home.
Beefayre health and body care range
If you have not got the time or space to keep bees, or have your own garden, one of our suppliers Beefayre is passionate about bee conservation. Using organic essential oils such as lavender and jasmine, mixed with organic bees wax, they create the most beautifully scented products such as diffusers, candles, soaps and hand creams, all handmade in England. They truly understand the importance of not only looking after our existing bees but increasing their numbers where possible. Sharon Jarvis and son Sam who run Beefayre donate 3% of their profits to bee conservation. All of the Beefayre products boast original artwork done by artist Sharon, taking her inspiration from the honey bee and its natural environment. With their lovely design and stunning smell, the bluebell and wood anemone being a particular favourite of mine, make them an essential item for every home. Another Sky stocks a wide range of Beefayre products, and by purchasing products from them you are helping to protect our essential bee population, and also support a fantastic English company.