Conservationists have been buzzing about some of the ways that the pandemic has positively affected nature; most of all our bees!
While they may be a little part of our world in stature, they make up for it in impact. They are industrious, brilliant at building, super social, and most importantly, responsible for a third of every mouthful of food we eat!
In a report I saw on the BBC recently, they said bees are the world’s most important pollinators, fertilising a third of the food we eat and 80% of flowering plants. Bees and other pollinating insects have a global economic value of around £120bn and contribute around £690m to the UK economy every year!
But bees are in decline across the world which is why scientists were delighted by the environmental impacts of the global shutdown - mainly the reduction in air pollution. Less fumes from cars on the road makes it easier for bees to forage, as air pollution substantially reduces the strength and longevity of floral scents. This means they often end up flying further to find food and bring it back to their nests.
We love bees so we have dedicated many of our products to them - from bee earrings, to bee coasters, bee wash bags, mugs and even a glasses case. The full range can be found here.
In the meantime, here are our choice of interesting facts about bees:
- The “waggle dance” is used by bees to teach each other about the direction and location of food sources
- Bees actually have four wings! They hook them together to form one big pair when flying and then unhook them when not flying
- Working in harmony with nature, organic farms are up to 50% more abundant in wildlife, including bees
- 11kg - around 24 jars - is how much honey a hive will produce on average during a season
- Bees are able to extract heavy metals and pollutants when producing honey, so they can actually create very clean honey in our cities.
- 20,000 species of bees live around the world
- Not all bees produce honey: solitary bees - as their name suggests - like to live on their own, and don't have a queen either
- One queen, hundreds of male drones and thousands of female workers make up your average honey bee hive