We all know how important bees are by now, and that they’re in some serious trouble with numbers drastically declining. There’s been a lot of publicity and discussion about the plight of the bees, which is awesome, but they still seem to be in trouble, not helped by the government opposing the EU ban on the use of deadly neonicotinoids on flowering crops (I’ll try not to get too angry political). Its use of these sorts of pesticides, as well as the ever-present problem of habitat loss, disease and invasion from non-native bees, that are all causing bees to decline. But the totally mad thing is that without bees we can’t grow our food because they are absolutely essential in the pollination of plants and crops. So we’re spraying our crops with chemicals that are killing the very workers (who work for free, by the way) we NEED for those crops to grow… whaaaat?!
Obviously there is an issue with farming practices (and not all farmers of course, plenty are doing the right thing) and with government policies, but there are also ways we regular folk can help the bees too, and a lot of it involves growing pretty flowers so its not exactly a hardship. Theres a post on that to come, as well as a back-to-basics post or two on bees, PLUS as its Bee Month on the blog I will also be releasing some brand new additions to my Honeycomb Jewellery range and giving away free wild flower seeds with every order.
So here we go, March is the month of the bees!
Here’s an overview of whats coming up this month:
An introduction to different types of bees
What bees do for us and why they need our help
10 things you can do to help the bees
Behind-the-scenes – how I design and make my honeycomb jewellery