This week Highland Radio looked at the importance of Bees for Bio-Diversity
Did you know…
- For Ireland, there is only one native honey bee, a sub-species called Apis mellifera mellifera or the Northern dark bee.
- For a strawberry flower to turn into a strawberry is has to be visited 5 times by a bee
- Only female bees can sting!
- Queen bumblebees have to visit 6,000 flowers every day to get enough energy to brood their eggs
Why are Bee’s so important?
- Bees play a crucial role in pollination, they do 80% of the world pollination.
- If bees disappeared over night, humans would only last 4 years.
- They provide high-quality food—honey, royal jelly and pollen — and other products such as beeswax, propolis and honey bee venom.
- A third of the world’s food production depends on bees.
What can I do to help stop the decline in the bee population?
- Refrain from mowing your lawn for the month of May. This allows native wildflowers and other plants to grow and provide a vital food source for the bees.
- Plant pollinator friendly trees, such as Willow, Hawthorn, Rowan, as they are a vital source of food for pollinators.
- Avoid using insecticides, fungicides and herbicides – designed to kill various insects!
- Bees like to nest in various places such as hedgerows, wild areas, dry stone walls, and even in the ground. Try creating a nesting habitat for them.
Here’s a few websites if you want to know more !
https://www.donegalbees.ie/ – Donegal Bees
www.pollinators.ie – the All Ireland Pollinator Plan
www.nihbs.org – the Native Irish Honey Bee Society
www.ibcp.ie – the Irish Bee conservation project