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 have been raising awareness of the plight of bees since 2008, and have been very active on twitter since 2009, (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).
Back in 2008, there was little awareness of the problems facing bees, and especially the issue of neonicotinoids and their impact on bees. I was one of a very small group of independent campaigners - especially active ifrom 2009, 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.
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
I have volunteered for conservation organisations (for example, including fund raising.
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 (for one thing, I needed a platform where I could post my letter writing campaigns), 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, and I also consider the science behind other pages, such as Do bees sleep?, and How far do bees fly?
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!
I have to earn a living, and therefore, I allow Google advertising on my website, but I cannot control which ads appear in every country, and I do not have the time to monitor every single one.
Sometimes, ads appear which I do not like. I have successfully blocked 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.
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.
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.
If you want to help me to continue in my work, and are a customer of Amazon, you can help me by clicking first on one of these links:
Amazon US orAmazon UK
before making a purchase. You will be directed to an Amazon page, probably featuring a 'bee house' - simply ignore the bee house if that is not what you want, and proceed with your shopping as normal.
I have also recently created a shop - again, I receive a small commission for sales generated.
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
How To Build A Great Website.
I realize my website is a bit old fashioned - once upon a time, it wasn't! The problem is, so much work has gone into this website that to overhaul it would be a mammoth task for me, so I choose to make small changes where I can, but I hope you have benefitted from visiting my site anyway, 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, and thank you for visiting my website.
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