Bees. They get a lot of media attention due to their importance and current plight but we don’t all need to be bee keepers to help the bees. All we need to do is a few simple things.
But first: why do we need them?
Bees pollinate a large number of our crops. Other insects can help too but people tend to agree that bees do most of the work so if we want to keep eating like we’re currently eating, we need the bees.
How to get them
There are a number of local companies and councils who’ll come and help you out with hives. If you are a school have a look at native bees. They are stingless and still fascinating (see pics at the top of this post). If you are a business or home owner in Sydney consider getting in touch with the Urban Beehive and have a look at hosting options. If all this is sounding too hard how about making habitats for the many solitary bees we have? Hollow sticks, holes in mud bricks, these all make excellent homes for some of our excellent bees, as well as excellent activities for big and little hands.
What to do if you don’t want them but still want to be nice?
The first thing you need to do is throw away the poisons. Don’t put or spray anything in your garden that hasn’t come out of your kitchen or compost. The second thing you need to do is plant flowers. Or let your herbs go to flower. Bees love it when you do that. The third thing you can do is write to your local council. Ask them if they are using poisons. Then ask them to stop.