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What can we do to save the bees?

CandideZA
Published on May 15th 2019
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by CandideUK. All rights reserved

A close up of a flower
You need bees, your garden needs bees – if we are all to eat and survive, the world needs bees! Why? Because these busy little creatures are the pollinators of more than a third of all our food crops and about 90% of wildflowers.
However, at home and abroad, bee populations are on a rapid decline. So, with World Bee Day coming up May 20th, here’s what you can do to save the bees:
  • First and foremost, make sure that your garden, potted patio, balcony or yard is filled with the plants that will supply them with what they need – nectar and pollen from blooming plants within flight range and a water source.
  • Become a pollinator champ: Create a pollinator-friendly garden by planting colourful flowers and growing single petal plants.
  • Know your weeds: Think about the bees before pulling out any weeds – some weeds are great sources of pollen and nectar for hardworking bees gathering their late food sources before winter comes.
  • Support local: By buying local raw honey, you support local beekeepers and their bees, and consequently the environmental health of your town or city, as well as your own health.
  • Know your bees: There are over 20,000 species worldwide – but here in South Africa, we’re looking at Apis mellifera scutellata (African honey bee) and the Apis mellifera capensis (Cape honeybee).
  • Avoid all pesticides and chemicals in your garden.
  • Don’t swot the swarm: Swarming is a natural process that occurs when colonies of bees have outgrown their hive. If you see a swarm, contact a local beekeeper or beekeeper’s association, but be sure to choose an eco-conscious individual or group who will collect swarms to keep or relocate them to a safer new home rather than destroy them. Bees in a swarm are gentle and present very little danger, but can be made aggressive if disturbed or sprayed with water. Just leave them alone and wait for help to arrive.

Spot any bees in your garden? Post them on Candide and tag #savethebee

A few favourite bee posts:

Theresa_19

Beautiful

OhMyGarden

Bee happy 🐝 🐝 #bee #dahlia

DenisevdB

Bees enjoying the Cape honeysuckle flowers in my garden

Mini

Can you see the bee, 🐝

Frances44

Our ribbon bushes are so happy... And the bees are going crazy over them :)

mignon

poppy and bee