Did you know that bees pollinate one third of the fruit and veg we eat? You’ve probably heard that honey bees have been having a tough time lately, with honey bee colony numbers being hit by both disease and lack of food to forage on. Every bee is pretty precious and they need our help. Here are two simple things you can do to help them thrive…
Bee S.O.S One: How to revive a tired bee
Spotted a bee that’s walking slowly and looking a bit wobbly? You might think it’s dying but in fact it’s more likely to be just too exhausted to fly home. A simple solution of sugar and water can save the day.
To create this energy drink to revive tired bees, the RSPB suggest mixing two tablespoons of white, granulated sugar with one tablespoon of water, and placing the mix on a plate or spoon. Don’t use honey or demerara sugar (both have things added that can be harmful). Just keep it simple.
Find out more on how to help your local bee population from natural loving website moralfibres.co.uk
Bee S.O.S Two: Grow their favourite food
The team at Rowse honey have been supporting research in to what bees like to feed on best and have come up with a list of four things – all of which are easy to grow in an English garden.
– Marjoram – attracts all sort of insects from honey bees and bumble bees to butterflies and hover flies. This herb tastes delicious when added to soups or stews
– Dahlias – often have open flowers and produce a lot of pollen, which honey bees and other insects love.
– Lavender – attracts mainly bumble bees but also honey bees, other bees, butterflies and hover flies. And one of the sleep-inducing heroes of our DREAM Kiss the Moon essential oil blend of course.
– Borage – an annual plant which grows very quickly from seed, is particularly attractive to honey bees but also to bumble bees and other bees.