About Me And My Website

Hello. I'm Amanda. Here are just a few lines about me and my website.

I began building this site in August 2010. I decided to create it, because I was very concerned about bees.

I had been very active on twitter since 2009, raising awareness of the plight of bees for some time (my twitter account even featured in the Guardian Eco Top 50 Wildlife & Conservation Accounts in 2010 - much to my surprise - you can follow me on @helpthebees). 

At that time, the plight of bees was a realtively new subject, and especially the issue of neonicotinoids and their impact on bees.  I was one of a very small group of independent campaigners at that time, raising our heads above the parapet.  It was a risk!  None of us had any finances for legal resources, nor a supportive expert back up team.  We also relied on our own resources too.

In addition to social media, I was (and still am) active in giving talks about bees, telling people about the importance of bees and how to help them.

I have volunteered for conservation organisations (for example, raising over £20,000 for one charity through a link with an ethical retailer).

One of the most effective ways in which a difference has been created is via written letters (usually to politicians) and short, informal features for local magazines.

I began working with children too, every once in a while, planting pots of wildflowers and making simple bee houses.

I decided to create my website in order to help me spread my message, plus share my enthusiasm and love for bees.

However, I would just like to say this: my audience is very mixed!

On the one hand, I have to try and create something that is simple and easy to read for children.  There are many free resources such as puzzles, posters, and bookmarks.

On the other hand, there are times when I am trying to communicate scientific studies, for example, concerning pesticides.

Add in the fact that I am often a little rushed, and so I apologise for typos, or any parts which are not very well written, and I am aware there are plenty of those!   I keep meaning to go back and correct my errors but this is a huge and time consuming task!

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I allow Google advertising on my website, but I cannot control which ads appear, and I do not have the ime or ability to monitor every single one.

Sometimes, ads appear which I do not like. I have tried blocking some of them, but have found it impossible to block all of them, especially since I have no visibility of the ads shown in different countries all over the world - sometimes in foreign languages.

To be absolutely clear: I support organic, wildlife friendly gardening and farming, and promote these within my website.

I do not willingly support or endorse pesticides or pest control companies, and encourage people to leave bees alone, as well as provide information about how to move bees humanely if necessary.

I allow Google to advertise on my site to pay toward the cost of my website package, and to support me in my awareness campaigning.  For several years, campaigning for bees has been a full time task, and like anyone else, I have to support myself.  If you click on an ad, I receive a very small amount.

I do not receive commissions on sales, other than some books - via Amazon or Book Depository. This is a very small percentage.  The same applies to small percentages made from affiliate sales by clicking throught to Amazon from a link or advertising on this website.

In other words, if you like my website and buy through my affiliate links into amazon, I will receive a very small commission. Otherwise, you can go to them directly.

I have also recently created a shop - again, I receive a small commission for sales generate.

I also promote the website package I am using, and will receive a commission if a person buys the package following referral from my site. You can read more about this on my link: How To Build A Great Website.

I hope you have benefitted from visiting my site, and wish you well.


If you would like to support my work in anyway, or to advertise on this website, please use the contact form.
All the best,

Amanda.







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