Honey Month- Save the Bees!
26th September 2017
It’s becoming increasingly important to save Britain’s bees. However, many people still don’t understand the bee’s place within our ecosystem! Bees benefit our ways of life massively and losing them would affect us drastically! September is Honey Month- meaning it’s time for us to focus our attention on the little guy, or else he may buzz off! Why should you care? Just bee-cause…..
Why do Bees matter?
Bees are essential as they pollinate flowers, plants and crops that support other species (including us!) Without bees, our economy as well as the future well-being of our children and grandchildren would be at risk.
Over 20 bee species have gone extinct in the UK since 1990 and a further 35 are on the threatened species list! Use Honey Month to get the word out before it’s too late!
Why are bees endangered?
Our bees are slowly but surely losing their natural habitat. Over 97% of vital grassland has been lost to the human industry in the past 60 years. This is by far the most pressing problem facing British bees and a hard one for Honey Month to tackle!
Did you know that bees also pollinate up to 75% of our main food crops worldwide? Some of our favourite foods are thanks to them, including apples, strawberries and tomatoes. So this is very important! Unless you don’t want to see some of these essential foods again?
Have we mentioned that bees do all this for us for free with no reward? In fact, scientists have estimated that it would cost over £1.8 billion to pollinate Uk crops by hand- annually! So if you see a friendly bee, don’t hurt it! Instead, make sure you Bee-Hive around them!
What’s the point of Honey Month?
Honey month is all about educating people, especially that of the younger generation on the plight of the noble bee. The issues facing our bees as well as their worth to society is essential information that has to be passed on-especially when so few people are aware of it!
Honey month also helps to promote the beekeeping industry and the worth of honey as a natural and beneficial sweetener. Why in September? Well many honey producers deem it significant due to September being the month that marks the end of the honey collection season.
How can I help?
There’s a lot you can do to help benefit the bee population with some methods being more involved than others:
- Make use of a bee saving kit.
- Create a personal bee-and-bee for your local bees to thrive!
- Help in the fight against bee-harming pesticides.
- Keep your garden full of flowers to be pollinated.
- Most importantly- spread the word!