On this website, you'll find lots of information about bees to inform
you about, and I hope, inspire you to help these wonderful pollinators.
So why did I write it?
I’ve given talks and written informal features about bees for some time now, as a keen conservationist, campaigner and volunteer. Eventually, I decided I needed to share my enthusiasm for bees and the knowledge I gathered, with a broader audience. I’m aiming to include much of what I know on this website, drawing on many of the questions I’ve been asked at my talks or in general conversations.
However, there are two elements to this site.
On the one hand, I’m keen to provide information about bees that is both fun and easy to read. You’ll find this part of my site light-hearted and simple.
However, part of this site has a decidedly serious tone. Why? Because there are serious issues facing our bees (and indeed, other pollinators and invertebrates), and we need to do something about it.
So how does this pan out in reality?
Well, you'll find lots of general topics, such as how honey bees make honey, how to attract different types of bees into the garden, how plant pollination works (and what pollen is), as well as some practical information such as how to treat and prevent stings, and what to do if you find a nest.
You can also learn about the differences between honey, solitary and bumblebees, their life cycles, and what steps to take if you want to start beekeeping.
But what about the serious stuff? ‘Knowledge is power’ they say, and I believe to date, there has been far too much ‘ostrich syndrome’ going on.
problems will not help them go away, and there is too much talk about
research – when there is already a plethora of data out there.
Deep down, I believe we know what we need to do. We know what is good for the environment, and what is not - and if it's not good for the environment, it can't be good for bees, or other wildlife, or ultimately man.
The issues we need to resolve are largely around:
It’s not rocket science - you can read more about it here.
Meanwhile, there are many practical steps we can all take. Greater awareness can be of real benefit. We don’t need to get depressed. We just need to take action:
Now, if you are looking for general information about bees, for a start, why not take a look at these pages:
Note, more information about bees is being added to this site all the time, so keep coming back! Why not bookmark this site, - or better still, subscribe to the blog (no email address necessary, just right click on the orange RSS button in the navigation bar left).
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