Our bees

Have you considered giving bees a home this year?

I am sustainability enthusiast. And that means I am a big fan of everything that helps us to make our planet more sustainable. We are now close to the end of February and nature is beginning to slowly get into motion again (I am based in Germany). Today’s post is not about business and sustainability but rather more basic. Have you considered giving bees a home this year?

For me the topic of bees is a very important one in 2018. In 2018 I will try to actively help our local bee population by purchasing and building my own bee sanctuaries in and around our garden. This action might sound a bit trivial to some but this exact effort really makes a huge difference in my view.

Bees in general are on the decline. Bumblebees are now on the endangered list for the first time ever. If we do not take action now, there is a high likelihood that bees around the globe will be in a continuous decline over the next years. There are over 20,000 species in over 7 recognised biological families across the globe. This might sound a lot but  really it is not when you consider that all of us rely on insect and bee pollination to keep us all fed now and in the future to come. It should be our aim to keep this diversity.

And bees are not all about honey either. Most bees are wild bees and are solitary. Not like the honeybee or bumblebees, these solitary bees are relying on natural sanctuaries to survive. That is one more reason why all kind of bees need our help. Not just the ones that produce honey!

What you can do to help the bees

There are many ways how you can help make sure you are supporting all type of bees. These are not big actions or expenses. Quite the opposite. A little investment can give you amazing results.

In you live in a flat: If you live in a flat why not consider to have a insect hotel on your balcony for example. Insect hotels or bug hotels are man-made structures that help shelter the insects. The possibilities are endless and I am sure local DIY store has a few insect hotels on offer. Just try it out for a season and I am sure you will soon have your own little insect family move in! 🙂

If you have a garden: If you are lucky enough to have a garden you have access to, why don’t you consider to make it more bee-friendly. Making a garden more bee-friendly is super easy. I personally consider the following 3 steps for my bee support.

Step 1 is to plant more flowers that are bee-friendly. Be friendly means that these are flowers the bees can harvest their nectar from. This is a very useful bee friendly garden list if you need a place to start.

Step 2 is to build your own or buy one or several insect hotels. Once you have those just make sure you  find a sunny spot and install these insect hotels in about waist or higher height. That way bees or other insects can easily find and use these sanctuaries.

Step 3 is optional in my view. At least for me at the moment as I am just getting started with bees. But why don’t you consider keeping honey bees. Not for making money but to provide them with a safe and stable sanctuary. The rewards are obvious as honey bees are producing surplus honey during the year. This surplus honey can be extracted without harming the bees. Again, I am not a huge fan of commercial honey beekeeping. But I am a fan of keeping honey bees for non commercial / sustainability purposes.

This post has been far to long already so lets wrap it up.

Everyone can do their bit to help our local bee population. No matter where you live around the globe. So let’s get to it. February/ March is a great time to get started.

Picture Credit: “beesby liz west, licensed under CC-BY 2.0, original source via Flickr

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