Here at Devonshire Tea, we love almost anything associated with the outdoors, especially when it comes to wildlife, however, it’s easy to forget how much of a significant impact they have on ourselves and the environment.
We would be lying if we said we didn’t have a soft spot for our Honey Bees. Honey Bees are awesome little creatures, known for pollinating a third of the world’s fruit and vegetables.
However, over the past 5 years, there has been a dramatic decline in bees caused by many factors including toxic pesticides, parasites and intense agriculture farming. Every year on the third Saturday of August marks National Honey Bee Day and to mark the occasion we’ve curated five ways to help protect our bees…
1. Bee-friendly plants
Whether you have small or big plot to work with, there are a number of plants that can help benefit the bees. Herbs are a great place to start, easy to plant, look after and are a huge energy source for our bees. Certain herbs such as Chive, Sage and Rosemary being especially beneficial and perfect for the Summer into Winter months.
2. Stop Weeding!
Yes, you read that right! Many weeds such as dandelions are an excellent source of food for bees. In the colder months, these can be the only source of food and not just for bees but for many insects also. They might not look so pretty but they help the wildlife through the winter months and hey, you now have valid excuse to drop the weeding job!
This pretty important and really easy too, especially recently with the drier months. Simply leaving a small bowl of water on a balcony on in the corner of your garden helps bees get all the water they need during the warmer days.
4. Buy Local
This might come as no surprise but here at Devonshire Tea, we are all about supporting and buying locally especially when it comes to honey, used as a substitute for sugar in our tea and on our morning porridge. When buying local honey you are supporting local beekeepers as well as their bees!
All raw honey, unlike pasteurised honey, comes straight from the hive is unheated, unpasteurised and undiluted which means it retains all the antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and delicious flavour! We love Devon Flower Honey from From Field and Flower.
5. The fewer pesticides, the better!
Try to eliminate the use of pesticides within your garden, especially on the plants that attract bees. They are harmful to humans as well as bees and it’s known to be one of the main causes of the decline in bees.
Interested in finding out more ways to help protect our wildlife? Head over to www.friendsoftheearth.uk for campaigns and general information.