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The Plight Of The Honeybee
Honeybees & other pollinating insects are susceptible to a variety of disease and environmental threats, including climate change and natural predation from wasps, hornets, spiders to name a few and more research is desperately needed to find out why they are declining and what can be done to reverse the trend.
Albert Einstein was said to have calculated that:
"If bees disappeared off the surface of the planet, then Man would have only four years of life left. No more bees, no more pollination, no more plants, no more animals, no more life."
Dwindling bee numbers are not just a British problem. Worldwide, apiarists have been distressed by their dying honeybee colonies, not least in the U.S, where a syndrome tagged "colony collapse disorder" has meant honeybee losses of 30-90%
Defra have announced that the extra £2m for bee research funding announced in January has been increased to a £10m research programme to tackle bee & pollinator decline.
Do your bit, the honeybees need you! Please get involved using one or more of the suggestions below, it doesnt take much, stop using pesticides and weed killers, give a small patch of your garden over to wildflowers and weeds such as dandelions, maybe plant a lime tree or two, educate children as to the importance of protecting the enviroment that we live in, nurture their curiostiy and show them the real beauty of nature at its best.
Help the bees with some of the suggestions below:
- Grow native wild flowers & other bee friendly plants in your garden
- Start bee keeping
- Support your local bee keepers
- Join your local bee keeping association
- Leave piles of leaves and debris untouched in a quiet area of your garden
- Wash empty honey jars, before you put them in the recycle bin
- Start beekeeping
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