Bees provide pollination for crops responsible for 90% of the worlds nutrition.
Specialist pollinators are only able to collect pollen from a restricted range of flowers, mainly wildflowers, meaning a lot of many garden plants are of no use to them. 97% of the Bees wildflower natural habitat has been lost since world war 2 though, and because of this, the pollinators are in decline. Flower rich meadows are now a rare feature in the British countryside, having been repurposed for buildings or for intensive farming.
Its not just our supplies of honey that are at risk it seems. Although the words probably never came from him in actual fact, Albert Einstein is famously attributed to the quote ‘If bees disappeared off the face of the earth, man would only have four years left to live.’
So where does this leave us? With a need to do something.
Here at 2B we’re trying to do our bit. We’ve put up some Bee friendly lavender in our back yard, and we’ve upcycled our old milk bottle lids into a bee feeder to help keep the little guys hydrated. We’ve also started stocking Bee Bombs. A cleaver little bag of wildflower seeds that’ll give you up to 21 square feet of wildflower habitat wherever you chose to put them.
How many of you have a tattoo of a bee, a sticker of one on your car (or a picture of one in your toilets), but have never thought about how you could actually help the pollinators whose image unites a city?
Next time you’re in the shop, pick up a bag of bee bombs, and a handful of free milk bottle tops to make your own bee feeder. Just screw them to your garden fence near your bee friendly plants. You’ll be doing a WORLD of good. Buzzing.