Supporting bees and other pollinators
There are now schemes where you can own a part-share in a bee colony. One example is Adopt-a-Hive Ltd based in Oswestry in Shropshire. They aim to support bees and raise public awareness. Their membership pack includes: a bee identification guide; lists of ‘good bee plants’; a packet of wildflower seeds and lots of useful information. They also welcome members to visit the hives to learn more about the bees.
Also, I’ve recently met with Paula Carnell of ‘Creating a Buzz about Health’. You can find her on Facebook at:
or on her website:
Paula runs events where you can learn more about bee-keeping, such as ‘Getting Started with Keeping Bees’: https://www.facebook.com/events/532856653724561/
In recent years there have been campaigns by prominent gardeners, such as Alan Titchmarsh and Sarah Raven, encouraging people to plant wildflower meadows and nectar rich plants in order to support a wide variety of pollinating insects (“Bees, Butterflies and Blooms”, BBC2 2012). It is also important to grow a variety of different flowers that bloom at different times of the year, thus providing food across the seasons. In addition a new labelling system has been developed for use in garden centres so that buyers can easily identify plants which are ‘bee friendly’.
Other supportive organisations include:
- the British Beekeepers’ Association (BBKA)
set up in 1874 to support beekeepers and to promote public awareness
- the National Bee Unit (NBU)
which supports governmental Bee Health Programs
- the International Bee Research Association
which aims to promote the value of bees
- the Bumble Bee Conservation Trust
This Trust has 4 main aims:
- The prevention of the extinction of any of the UK’s bumblebees
- A long-term future for all our bumblebees and other pollinators
- The protection, creation and restoration of flower-rich habitats
- An increase in the understanding and appreciation of bumblebees
Hopefully, with all these people and organisations working to support bees and other pollinators, these amazing insects will have a more secure future.
(This is an extract from my article which you can read in full here)
- Home Farmer magazine: October & December 2013 homefarmer.co.uk “Bees, Butterflies and Blooms”, BBC2 2012