Wildlife and nature blogs are a wonderful way to teach people about the natural world. If you run a nature or local blog, you can help to protect native species. Help others identify different bees and encourage people to send in sightings.
I see the bees buzzing, collecting a little nectar here and a little nectar there. Never too much. Never a flower has complained that a bee has taken too much nectar away. Nature in balance. But this balance is tipping. Human beings go to nature and take, take, take, until all natural resources are depleted. Honey bees never do that. If I can learn that lesson of frugality and simplicity, I will be learning the art of living. Satish Kumar
Bees are fascinating creatures, who only live a few weeks yet have mathematical precision to show other bees where pollen is, doing a unique ‘waggle dance’. Bees are endangered and as they pollinate our food: if they go, so do we.
Little Tips to Help Little Bees
- Moral Fibres has a blog post on how to make life saving ‘bee drink’ (sugar water) for bees, who are literally dying on the ground from exhaustion, as the flowers disappear, hence their food. It’s simple to make and you could save hundreds of bee lives!
- Agave nectar or Sweet Freedom (made from fruit) are planted based honey alternatives. Use like for like in tea, coffee or baking. Honey is really the food for bees, and as their own food declines, this can help them keep it. Some honey producers also kill the bees after harvesting, and smoke queen bees out of the hive.
- Liz Cook’s First Aid Chart is a lovely illustrated wall chart, using kitchen remedies for stings! It’s always best to not get near bees, as if a bee stings you, it dies.
Cool Inventions to Help Bees
- Bee Bricks are a pretty inventions to protect non-aggressive solitary bees. Just slot a few into any buildings you are making, and it offers shelter and protection.
- Bee Station is a wonderful invention that sits amid a bed of flowers. The danger of putting out receptacles of water can be that bees drown. But this pretty ceramic dome not only has a nesting site, but little ‘feet’ that bees can rest on, while taking a drink.
Planting Flowers for Bees
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- Victory Gardens for Bees investigates growing bee mortality and offers measures we can take. Includes 10 inspiring garden plans.
- 100 Plants To Feed the Bees highlights the best species to attract bees of all kind. Regional and seasonal guidelines ensure you plant at the right time and in the right place.
- The Bee-Friendly Garden is a collaboration between a garden designer and bee expert. The book explains seasonal flower progression and offers tips for super-blooming flowers, regional plants and plants to avoid.
- The Bee-Kind Garden is a beautifully illustrated guide to bees, looking how to attract them to your garden and how to talk to them. Which scents do they prefer, how far can they fly, do they prefer certain colors and native flowers?
- Our Native Bees: America’s Endangered Pollinators tells the fascinating story of native bees, focusing on why they play a key role in gardening and agriculture. Author Paige Embry is a geology and horticulture professional who teaches classes on soil in Washington.
I picked up a bee last week. If I left her in the middle of the path, she would undoubtedly be stepped on. She climbed aboard and slowly wandered into my muddy palm. I dipped my other hand into the watering can and cupped a shallow pool of muddy water and offered it up to her. She drank slowly. She washed carefully. Then her attention turned to me. My heart skipped a beat as her buzz turned to a roar, ready to take flight. Our time was up and she was gone, high into the sky. I felt like she was saying ‘We’re both still here, you and I’. Alys Fowler