how to help bees

The other day I spoke about how to plant a bee-friendly garden.  But what if you don’t have a garden or access to any green space?  Not to worry, you can still help the bees.  Here’s how you can help bees and ‘bee’ a friendly person!

How to Help Bees

Don’t pick any wild flowers, no matter how pretty they look.  Leave them for the bees.

Learn how to revive tired bees.

Is there any derelict land or space in your town/city?  Be a guerrilla gardener and scatter some wildflower seeds in any available space.

Window boxes are great and low maintenance.  Even a pot of lavender by your door is better than nothing and really helps the bees.

Don’t have space for a window box or plant pot and wondering how to help?  You can shop with the bees in mind.  Some stores, including Neal’s Yard, are donating 3% from every product sold from their Bee Lovely Collection to projects that help save the bees. Meanwhile, Yope‘s Linden range is dedicated to rescuing bee habitats. Part of their profits from their Linden range is donated to bee-friendly charities that focus on creating wildflower meadows.

If you’d like your honey to come with a little less effort then be sure to buy your honey from responsible suppliers.  If you can, buy your honey from a known source (ideally from bees kept on organic or uncultivated land), where the honey is produced by individual bee-keepers who practise balanced bee-keeping. Asking through your local Facebook page is often a good place to start.

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Become a beekeeper!  Yes, that’s right!  You don’t need much space – perhaps a balcony or rooftop if you have easy and safe access to yours.  It’s easier than you think and you’ll be rewarded with lots of lovely honey, as well as helping the bees!  Here’s a handy guide to starting out. Another good reference point is also the British Beekeepers Association website.

Hold a bake sale at work, college, or the local fete. Then donate the takings to a bee-friendly charity, such as the Bumblebee Conservation Trust.

What Will You Do?

Inspired?  Let me know in the comments below if you do any of these or come up with your own ideas on how to help bees!

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