It has been one of the great eye openers of the last few months, just how much nature has the ability to bounce back when the pressure on its resources is lifted, and human activity curtailed.
One such species that is enjoying a bit of let up in the current climes, is the bee.
The reasons for this surge in the previously declining bee populations are three fold. Firstly, with many roadside verges across the country being left uncut, bees and other pollinators are enjoying some respite on these narrow strips of grassland which (given the decline in meadowland) are the last remaining homes to nearly 45% of the UK’s total flora, and 700 species of wildflowers.
Not only this, less fumes and pollution particles from automobiles means that bees are better able to detect the scents that lead them to plants. Less cars on the road has also meant less bee casualties, so if you’ve suddenly begun to notice more of our little winged friends buzzing by your window… it’s not your imagination.
Bees have a profound effect on the natural world, not least because they pollinate one-third of the world's food supply, contributing around £690m to the UK economy every year, according to a study by the University of Reading.
This is why, with insect-harming practices on hold, and the arrival of WORLD BEE DAY today, there’s never been a better time to step up individual conservation practices.
Since spending more time at home, watching and observing the world go by outside our window, the abundance of birds, bees, insects filling the vacuum of lockdown life is catching our eyes more than ever.
Of all the potential applications for this new found awareness, spotting bees in need is arguably the most useful.
Like humans, bees need water, which is essential for them to make food for their young, and keep their hive cool and humid.
Bees collect water most during the summer months, so keeping a tray with water and some floating old wine corks will offer a landing pad and some much needed refreshment
If you happen to be out and about on a walk when you spot a bee in need, then having a Beevive keyring on your person might just prove a life saver.
This specially designed bee revival keyring provides a readily accessible supply of essential sugar water solution, a sip of which is often all a tired bee needs to help it continue its mission pollinating planet Earth.
Designed and assembled in Exeter, this clever little gadget contains zero plastic, and is a perfect way to keep up the altruism momentum as we navigate our way out of lockdown.
You never know when it might come in handy, and if there is one thing this period has enforced the message of most, it is that the smallest acts of kindness can have the furthest reaching impact.
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