Celebrating World Bee Day
The 20th May coincides with the birthday of Anton Janša, who in the 18th century pioneered modern beekeeping techniques in his native Slovenia and praised the bees for their ability to work so hard, while needing so little attention. The purpose of this international day is to acknowledge the role of bees and other pollinators in maintaining our ecosystem and the re-production of the plants that are needed to sustain life.
Bees are under continuous threat from human activity. This includes the introduction of invasive insects, pesticides, land use change and intensive mono-crop agricultural methods which has caused the ‘disappearance’ of wildflower meadows. More recently, climate change and the increasingly unpredictable weather patterns , have had an impact on the amount of pollen and nectar which plants produce and on which bees rely for their food.
Human survival is dependent on bees because of the 100 crops which provide 90% of the world’s food, 70 are pollinated by bees. Globally there are 20,000 species of bees. The 220 bee species which live in the UK are of three main types: solitary bees, honey bees and bumble bees. All are at risk.
Knit a bee for World Bee Day:
Lorraine Priestly has given PBKA this pattern for a knitted bee.
These cute woolly bees can be used to decorate gifts, turn into finger puppets or make into mobiles by stringing several onto a wire coat hanger, or lampshade rings and adding fabric flowers and butterflies.
There are some tips in the menu to celebrate World Bee Day and help you and your family to learn more about these fascinating creatures during ‘lockdown’.
FINDING OUT MORE ABOUT BEES and BEE FRIENDLY PLANTS :
The PBKA 2020 Calendar features information about the beekeeping year and bee friendly plants. It is available to view on this web site. A few copies are still available and will be supplied FREE for educational purposes.
Recent publications which provide general information about bees and bee friendly plants are listed here. It includes books suitable for children as well as adults.
A comprehensive range of books about bees and other pollinators can be obtained from Northern Bee Books: www.northernbeebooks.co.uk
THANK YOU FOR YOUR INTEREST IN ‘WORLD BEE DAY’.
THINK GLOBAL, ACT LOCAL !
HAVE FUN AS YOU HELP TO KEEP THE PLANET BUZZING!
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