Sitting in the garden at my parents’ house – I would sit in my own garden but my own gardening skill amounts to horticultural genocide, thus there are no plants to observe – it’s difficult to believe that the bee population is in such massive decline. Their garden is, literally, swarming with bees – I swear they must have at least 50% of the UK’s bee population in their backyard. It’s an anaphylactic nightmare.
Still, it’s suprisingly therapeutic watching them go about their daily pollen-collecting and distributing enterprise with such dedication, most likely completely unaware of how much of a benefit they are to us in the process. According to the ‘Bumblebee Conservation Trust‘s website, bees (alongside other pollinating insects, can’t give bees all the credit), contribute £400 million per annum to the UK economy alone, just by pollinating commercial crops. There’s nothing like a millions-strong monetary statistic to kick government conservation schemes into action.
Although many independent schemes have been established to help conserve bee populations, the battle to halt their decline is really just beginning. Even the smallest green space – even a plantpot will do – can help in providing bees with the floral resources they require. I myself am refusing to pull up the one stubbornly thriving plant in the garden – a now 6-foot tall weed, unfortunately – as the bees seem to love it. That’s my small contribution until I acquire some green fingers. But the most important thing to remember is that we can all help out and show our appreciation to the bees. 🙂