Today is World Bee Day and we have been busy as a bee putting some buzzing facts together on why bees are no threat to your green spaces, good for the environment and how you can help them along.
Did you know?
As the warmer and sunnier weather continues, you may see solitary bees flying around. They are not aggressive or harmful. They will not cause any problems and can be left alone. Solitary bees usually last between 4 and 6 weeks.
Solitary bees as the name suggests are solitary and do not build large nests and are harmless. They will not cause any problems and can be left alone. They usually last between 4 and 6 weeks.
Bees are essential to our environment and to help provide a lot of food we eat. Bees don’t just provide honey; we rely on them to pollinate many of our fruit and vegetables.
Bees don’t just pollinate plants in gardens but also parks and the countryside, including more than three-quarters of the UK’s wildflowers. Bees are a sign of how healthy our environment is.
Just like humans, bees enjoy and need varied green space. It’s important that they have access to clean air and water. How to identify and where to spot bees.
Did you know over 270 species of bee have been recorded in Great Britain? Including Honeybees, male drones and bumble bees. The Wool-carder bee strips hair from plants to weave its nest, while the Red mason bee lives inside hollow plant stems and holes in wood.
Can you name any more?
If you can, planting flowers rich in nectar will really help bees find the food they need. A wild window box also has great value. You could even have a go at making a bee hotel with simple materials if you have a yard or garden. There are plenty of ways to make your environment the bees knees!
The UK have lost 13 species of bee and another 35 and under threat on extinction. Across Europe nearly 1 in 10 wild bee species face extinction. What are the causes?
Honey bees are super-important pollinators for flowers, fruits and vegetables. This means that they help other plants grow! Honey bees are also fab flyers. They fly at a speed of around 25km per hour and beat their wings 200 times per second!
Visit world bee day for more fun facts and what you can do to get involved in being friendly and helping bees be an important factor in our environment.