Garden, Home and Garden

How To Revive Tired Bees With Sugar Water

bee sugar solution
bee sugar solution

Today I’m going to show you how to revive tired bees.  You see, we’re big fans of bees at Moral Fibres, but our poor bees are in decline, due to neonicotinoid pesticide usage, as well as habitat loss and pollution. Our fuzzy friends need all the help they can get.

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! However, 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. Let me show you how to revive these tired bees.

How to Revive Tired Bees

revive tired bee

It’s true, a simple solution of sugar and water helps revive tired and 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.  Then place the sugar/water mix on a plate or spoon.  Do not add any more water otherwise, the bee could drown. 

Next place the bee on the plate or spoon, where it will have a little drink, hopefully helping it to gather the energy it needs to fly back to its hive.

Some Do’s & Don’ts For Feeding Bees

There are some do’s and don’ts for reviving tired bees.

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 when you need to revive a bee. Never offer demerara, or any artificial or diet sweeteners as these could be harmful to bees.

Don’t leave any sugar-water solution sitting out in your garden for bees to drink from at their leisure.  This can prevent the bees from gathering precious pollen and could be detrimental to their health. Instead, use this sugar-water technique only as an emergency when a tired bee is clearly in need of reviving.  Think of it as bee CPR!

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 to rebuild their depleted population sizes.

Why Are Bees Important?

Bees are crucial to help maintain the health of our environment, and for our food supply. The Food And Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations says thatclose to 75% of the world’s crops producing
fruits and seeds for human consumption depend, at least in part, on pollinators for sustained production, yield, and quality
“. This means without bees, we would struggle to feed ourselves.

Being able to revive tired bees is one key aspect. Another bee-friendly step that you can take is to plant a bee-friendly garden. Or, if you don’t have a garden, here’s how you can help the bees in other ways.

how to revive tired bees

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Overnight Breaks, Travel

Isle of Wight Holiday Ideas

isle of wight
isle of wight

Looking for some UK holiday ideas?  Why not try the 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 much further south today, the Isle of Wight is a fantastic summer paradise. It’s easily accessible by ferry and high-speed boat (if you’re travelling without a car) from both Southampton and Portsmouth. These cities are in turn quick and easy to get to from London.  As such the Isle of Wight makes for a fantastic flight-free holiday destination.

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

ventnor haven fishery

I’ve visited the Isle of Wight a few times now, and have always been won over by its sleepy laid-back charms, its jaunty seaside towns, and glorious countryside.  

There are lots of things to do for all ages and interests on the Isle of Wight. What’s more, the island has ambitious plans to be a wholly Eco Island. Here it aims to be a flagship for renewable energy generation and energy storage and have its own miniature smart electricity network.

Isle of Wight Vintage Vacations

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.

I stumbled upon them through photographer Emma Case’s blog.  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!

What makes Vintage Vacations special is that they have a fantastic collection of old restored air streams and British caravans available for you to stay in. These look absolutely amazing and would make for such a memorable summer holiday on the Isle of Wight.

Vintage Vacations Isle of Wight
vintage airstream holiday UK
vintage airstream UK
Isle of Wight caravan

The air streams are fully equipped with everything you will need for your holiday. Each air stream is fitted with a kitchen, and most are fitted with showers.  They even come complete with a set of vintage board games to complete the holiday vibe!

Selected air streams can sleep up to six, and prices start at £95 per night.

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?

And if you’re on the south coast, then I’ve also got a handy travel guide to Deal, in Kent.

All images from Emma Case Photography.