Updated: Feb 9, 2022
At Humble Bee we are keen to support all pollinators including honey bees.
With 270 variety of bees in the UK we don't focus solely on just the honey bee.
What are we doing to save the bees?
This year there are acres of wildflowers planted in addition to crops like OSR surrounding our apiaries. We leave pastures uncut for 'weeds' of all sorts to flower. Hedges have been reinstated, bulbs planted and habitats for wild bees created.
It's understood that planting nectar rich flowers is by far the best way to help all our struggling bee species.
In addition we run a bee rescue service. Which means problem bees, or should we say poorly situated bees, are re-homed to new pastures.
In 2021 we were able to stop the destruction of hundreds of wild bees by rehoming bird boxes, bee hotels and even bumble bee nests.
Was the grass greener for these bees? We think so, well more of a nectar rich yellow...
Do honey bees adversely affect wild bees?
Study's show that managed Honeybees do not impact wild bees in nectar rich areas. However in densely populated areas with many managed hives of honeybees, such as cities, there is a potential where there might not be enough nectar to go around.
To avoid this by far the easiest thing to do, is leaving Lawns to flower and planting a good variety of flowers.
Our goal is to create a more diverse flora for all pollinators, Not just within our apiary sites but on a larger scale.
How are we doing that?
If you would like to learn more about bees our bee experience will immerse you in their amazing world.
Each voucher is now produced on wildflower seed card, once you've enjoyed learning about bees you can plant our voucher and provide a little nectar stop! This will create patches of resources for all bees.
Here at humble bee theres an incredible diversity of bees and pollinators
Each bee experience directly contributes to vast swathes of flowers for bees by supporting our local bee friendly farmers.
Did you know: Bees pollinate over 130 fruits and vegetables and are responsible for pollinating three-fourths of the world’s flowering plants. They also pollinate seeds and nuts.
Much of the food produced for vegetarian and vegan lifestyles are supported by pollinators. Infact Nearly 35% of the food the world depends on requires bees to reproduce.
Bees not only pollinate our food, they also help plants and trees grow — which is vital to clean, breathable air!
Thank you for supporting your local honey bees and pollinators. Bee sure to follow us on Facebook for our bee rescue efforts this year and much more! @humbleBhoney