We can all do our bit to help the bees. (And here, I’m talking about all types of bees, including those unsung heroes of the pollinating world: solitary and bumblebees, as well as honey bees).
Helping bees starts with awareness. Of course, we instinctively know what’s good for bees and what is not.
A large part of this website highlights how the two issues above are
causing problems for bees (and indeed, other pollinators – in fact,
Habitat decline is worrying, and is being lost to development, farming and land management practice, and even gardening trends.
The use of pesticides is of real concern. They are not only used on farmland to grow crops, they are also used (sometimes preventatively – how crazy is that?) on lawns, golf courses, and may be present within commercially grown pot plants you buy from the garden centre.
They are used by some horticulturalists in the cultivation of bulbs, and in some countries it has even been possible to purchase compost that is laced with insecticide (vine weevil killer, for example). Then of course, there are the garden pesticides, and those spread by local councils.
However, if we really want change, then it starts with you and me.
I like to think of it in terms of bee-ing the change.......
I am a committed campaigner, these days, I’m focusing a lot more on the
positive, practical steps people can take to help the bees – and
highlighting the very fact that if we want to help the bees, it really
is WE PEOPLE who have the power to create the change that will help
Why do I say this?
I have corresponded with government and regulatory bodies for some time now. What do I get?:
So as far as I’m concerned, by the time they act,
if we wait around, it will be TOO LATE
anyway, the government lost my confidence on environmental and wildlife
issues years ago, even before they failed to explain to me how they can
allow banks to privatise profit, and nationalise debt!
But enough of that.
Helping bees is not rocket science. You can start with these
top 10 tips
to help the bees. Collectively, I think we spice them up with real commitment, a big difference can be made.
If possible, grow your own organic produce (it's cheap and easy). If you haven't got around to this (and believe me, some produce can be grown in pots on a balcony), then buy organic, (in fact, I buy as much organic stuff as possible – not just edibles). Why?
Because with every non-organic purchase you make, a signal is sent to retailers, which is:
“People are buying this product, so I need to keep stocking it”.
I appreciate that some people are on limited budgets. I created some tips to save money, and make organic affordable on my page:
Even if you only purchase 1 (yes, JUST ONE) organic item per week (and even if it’s off the ‘reduced’ shelf), collectively, we’ll make a difference! Collectively, retailers will notice the difference, and they will stock more products that are organic. As demand increases, production will become more efficient for farmers, which will help prices.
If you don’t believe me when I say that your purchase makes a
difference, let me tell you: retailers even notice how many sprouts
people buy at Christmas – so they make sure they have some every year!
Sprouts are of course, just one item. No, I don’t mean you need to buy
more sprouts! I mean quite simply that our purchases are VERY POWERFUL.
WHEN YOU SPEND YOUR CASH, YOU CAST YOUR VOTE
- and you are contributing to a vote that promotes the wider practices of society.
The way you garden can also help bees, by providing food and suitable nest habitats. There are many beautiful plants for bees, but note, I am also careful about the plants I buy and put into my garden. Organic suppliers are few and far between, and so I have taken to swapping with trusted friends and family, and have found that some members of gardening clubs take in their unwanted plants to give away free to other members. I have a page on saving money and ensuring you get free plants for your garden. As for bulbs, see the tips on buying bulbs on the page Bulbs For Bees.
So it’s not rocket science! We can all do our bit to help the bees. It starts with you, and it starts with me!
Pesticide Study Outlines
Go from 'Help The Bees' to these outlines of just a few of the independent studies into the effects of neonicotinoids on bees.
Bee Garden Basics
Go from 'Help The Bees' to further information about how to create a bee garden.
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