Whilst reading through my pile of journals with my morning coffee, I came across a rather eye opening article on the decline of the honey bee in England. After facing one of the harshest winters in a long time, one that wiped out more than a third of all honey bee colonies in England, it seems that more needs to be done to help this dying species. According to The British Bee Keepers Association, ‘One in three mouthfuls of the food we eat is dependent on pollination at a time when a crisis is threatening the world’s honey bees’
Steps to help the bee were taken in April when EU members voted to ban widely used insecticides that were thought to be harmful to bees, a move that could be a turning point for the continents’ bee populations.
But, of course, there is a lot more to be done to help our dwindling bee colonies that are so crucial to the environment. It is estimated that honey bees and bumble bees contribute an economic value of over £200 million per year, through the pollination of commercially grown insect pollinated crops. Not to mention the harvest of honey, wax and propolis from honey bees is integral in many aspects of society, from medicine to manufacturing.
Organisations such as the British Bee Keepers Association are doing a wonderful job in raising awareness of the plight of the honey bee. They also aim to educate bee keepers and ordinary members of society on how best to protect this valuable species. I think its time I made a donation…