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I was reading in the newspaper this morning that the honey bee is in decline and whilst this is not a new concept I thought I would do a little bit of research to perhaps find the reason why and more importantly see what is being done to prevent this species from extinction.
This powerful quote famously spoken by Albert Einstein highlights why we should try and protect this vulnerable species:
“If the bee disappeared off the surface of the globe, then man would only have four years of life left. No more bees, no more pollination, no more plants, no more animals, no more man”.
The reason for the decline in bees is unknown and many people believe that this is a result of a changing climate, intensive agricultural practices and the use of pesticides damaging the environment in which this species live.
According to the Guardian nearly all colonies in the wild have died out and without beekeepers to care for them, honeybees could disappear in a few years.
The BBC reports that Bees thrive from feeding off a variety of plants rather than just one. Their decline may be as a result of a decline in wild flowers. Due to the expansion of crops like oilseed rape in agricultural areas, bees are often more likely to succeed in urban areas due to the diverse range of plant life in parks etc.
I find it so saddening that, according to the BBC, due to the commercial value of the bees pollination (estimated £200m per year) the Government has started to invest resources in to finding out the reason behind this decline. Surely the decline in this species was news worthy in itself. Why is it always down to money?
That’s why campaigns such as capitalbee are so important to help support the cause and give something back to the community. This campaign focuses on the
area and one again emphasises the idea of honey bees thriving in urban areas. Their campaign aims to: London
Promote community-run beekeeping in
and campaign for a bee-friendly city London
They share tips and hints on how you can protect honey bees. They currently have a competition running until the 28th January 2011 for 50 local communities. The lucky winners will receive protective clothing, basic tools, a bee hive, and most importantly mentoring and support. Check out their website:
The British Beekeepers Association suggests ways that you can do to help bees. These include: