Here at Treetops, having a beautiful first-floor office with large patio doors opening onto a balcony is wonderful at any time, but at its absolute best in the summer. However, nothing represents a Rambutan Summer more than our Sue running around squealing at the sight of a bee or wasp in the room!
Perhaps ‘Don’t step on a bee’ day (10th July) may be enough to convince her that we should all love and respect these beautiful creatures but just in case, here are a few reasons why:
- bees are the world’s biggest pollinators, with British bees pollinating around a third of the food we eat, creating 6,000 tonnes of honey in the process
- honeybees are skinny and look similar to wasps, which perhaps gives them a bad press, because wasps are, well, just plain annoying! But honeybees will not attack unless as an absolute last resort if its life is in danger, as stinging actually causes its own death
- bumblebees are excellent pollinators due to their specially adapted furry bodies and legs to which the pollen clings and carries to the next crop. Through the pollination of many commercial crops like tomatoes, apples and strawberries, bees are estimated to contribute over £400 million per year to the UK economy
- bee population in some countries has halved in the last decade
- if bee population continues to decline, the extremely high cost of pollinating crops by other methods could potentially increase (significantly) the cost of our fruit and vegetables
So, what can we do to protect our buzzing friends?
- plant pollen-rich flowering plants in the garden which are attractive to bees
- support your local beekeeper and buy local honey rather than imported, to help protect our UK bees and keep them in business!
- avoid using pesticides wherever possible, and never spray open flowers
- never, ever step on a bee!