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How To Revive Tired Bees

bee sugar solution

We’re big fans of bees at Moral Fibres – see how you can plant a bee friendly garden or, if you don’t have a garden, how you can help the bees in other ways.

However, it’s all well and good when the bees are buzzing around, doing their thing, but have you ever seen a tired, struggling or apparently dying or dead bee in your home or garden?  When I’ve seen bees like this I’ve always assumed that they were dying or dead (ever the optimist!), but the other day my other half told me they’re not dying, just tired, and that you can actually revive these bees quickly and easily using only sugar and water.

revive tired bee

It’s true, a simple solution of sugar and water helps revive exhausted bees.  To create this energy drink for bees to revive tired bees, The RSPB suggests mixing two tablespoons of white, granulated sugar with one tablespoon of water, and placing the mix on a plate or spoon.  Do not add any more water otherwise the bee could drown.   Place the bee on the plate or spoon, where it will have a little drink, hopefully helping it to gather the energy to fly back to its hive.

You can also add the same quantity of water and sugar to a small container, such as an egg cup, and leave it amongst a patch of flowers in your garden or window box so that bees can have a drink on the go before they get to the exhaustion stage.

Don’t be tempted to offer tired bees honey – in most cases, the honey isn’t suitable as a lot of honey is imported and may not always be right for native British bees.  And only ever offer white granulated sugar – never offer demerara, or any artificial or diet sweeteners.

Thankfully I haven’t seen any tired bees since learning this useful tip to try it out, however knowing some very basic “thirst aid” (!) for bees can go a long way in helping out the bees rebuild their population sizes.

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Isle of Wight Holiday Ideas

isle of wight

Throughout my selection of travel posts, I’m hoping to show you some fantastic places to holiday here at home in the UK, without the need for any long haul flights.

First up were some stunning places to stay in Scotland.  Travelling further south today, the Isle of Wight is a fantastic summer paradise, easily accessible by ferry and high speed boat (if you’re travelling without a car) from both Southampton and Portsmouth, which are in turn quick and easy to get to from London.  As such the Isle of Wight makes for a fantastic holiday destination.

The Isle of Wight boasts a beautiful coastline, with some stunning beaches, and an average summer temperature of 20°C, which at 5°C higher than here in Edinburgh, sounds downright tropical to me!

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I’ve visited the Isle of Wight a few times now, and have always been won over by it’s sleepy laid-back charms, it’s jaunty seaside towns, and glorious countryside.  There are lots of things to do for all ages and interests on the Isle of Wight, and the island is particularly green.  The island has ambitious plans to be a wholly Eco island, and be a flagship for renewable energy generation (being self-sufficient by 2020), energy storage and have it’s own miniature smart electricity network.

If all of this has persuaded you to pay a visit, then the Isle of Wight has some amazing holiday accommodation.  If you’re looking for a particularly unique place to stay on the Isle of Wight then I came across Vintage Vacations, based near Ryde, through photographer Emma Case’s blog which you might be interested in.  Vintage Vacations have a fantastic collection of old restored air streams and British caravans available for you to stay in which look amazing, and would make for a memorable summer holiday.

Emma holidayed here last year, and her photos are so stunning that I instantly added this to my list of must-visit places to stay in the UK!

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Isle of Wight caravan

Prices start at £100 for two nights, midweek, and selected air streams can sleep up to six.  The air streams are fully equipped with everything you will need, and are fitted with kitchens, and most are fitted with showers.  They even come complete with a set of vintage board games to complete the holiday vibe!

Now please do excuse me, I’m off to search for cheap trains down south…!

Have you holidayed on the Isle of Wight before?  Did you enjoy it?

All images from Emma Case Photography.