World Bee Day was introduced by the United Nations general assembly to raise public awareness about the importance of bees and is celebrated on the 20th of May every year.
This World Bee Day the British Beekeepers Association (BBKA) is renewing its plea that we plant something for pollinators – to make sure there is enough food for the bees.
The health of honeybees is taken as a prime indicator of the state of our natural world, so we need to make sure there are enough flowers for all species of bees.
It is estimated that a bee will visit a hundred flowers before it returns to the hive and plants rich in pollen and nectar are crucial. Young bees can only grow properly if they have an adequate amount of protein in their diets and their only source is from pollen in plants and flowers.
Unfortunately, many town councils and developers would rather not plant or maintain the type of trees which bear fruit or large quantities of nectar or pollen because of the feared “slip hazard” they might create. However, these are exactly the type of trees which help bees and wildlife to thrive, so planting or protecting existing mature plants, especially trees, would really help.
BBKA chairman Margaret Wilson says: “A small fruit tree like the crab apple has beautiful blossom at this time of year which is a joy for us to look at. Its flowers provide excellent nourishment for bees, and then in winter it has a crop of berries which can be lifesavers for wild birds. Planting more of the right kind of tree could make a huge difference to all wildlife, not just honeybees.
To celebrate World Bee Day, the United Nations Postal Administration has issued 3 new bee stamps, which can be found here; https://unstamps.org/