It's likely we are all guilty of taking a swipe at a bee, or
becoming agitated at their buzzing in our backyards. However, have
you ever stopped to think about a world without these fuzzy black
and yellow creatures?
Bees play an essential role in our ecosystem. They distribute
pollen between plants, enabling the continued bearing of flowers,
seeds and fruit. Without this pollination, many of the plants
humans and other animals rely on for food would cease to exist.
However despite their importance, the sad news is that both wild
and farmed bees are declining significantly worldwide. This
decline has been attributed to everything from climate change, loss
of habitat, pesticides and even disease. If this decline
continues it may jeopardise the sustainability of crop pollination
which is essential to the food we eat every day. In a world
where food availability is already an issue, any decrease in
production could have a catastrophic impact. Not to mention
the loss of honey produced.
So how can you help?
There are simple things we all can do to help keep our friends
- Plant bee-friendly plants in your garden: flowers, sage,
lavender or alfalfa
- Create natural habitat gardens: keep your garden pesticide
free, provide shelter, water and food (such as the plants
- Support your local beekeepers, or better yet, become a
- Wherever possible, don't intentionally harm or kill bees
Remember that much of the food we eats depends on the busy work
of bees. So now you have a better understanding of our little
yellow and black friends, and you might just think twice about not