How important are bees
Our environment loses 30% of its insect pollination services every year. A world without bees is sadly becoming more of a possibility, as these important insects are in severe decline. If bees were to become extinct the planet could be in serious trouble, because these creatures are such an integral part of most ecosystems. Bees are dying at an alarming rate. Saving them is an achievable goal. Are you interested in preventing the end of the world? Bees are responsible for pollinating around 75% of food crops. Thanks to them, we’re not in a terrible situation! If these little animals are safe, it benefits our environment and saves you money.
These so-called fuzzy, flying insects which dart among the flowers during the warmer months are actually much more than that and they play an important role in our world. Where trees and woods are essential to filter our air, bees are vital to both pollinate the food we need to survive and pollinate many of the trees and flowers that provide habitats for wildlife. Not only do honey bees pollinate, but they also produce honey, which is the tastiest, most healthful and energizing product of all.
Luckily, there are things you can do as an individual to help stop them from becoming extinct. Bees have become more endangered since overuse of insecticides and pesticides has altered their natural habitat. This means that if we want to save our environment, we need to take action immediately by planting native wildflowers in our gardens. The great thing about succulents is that you don’t need to plant a large piece of land or go bankrupt buying these plants, you only need some dedication and a little bit of time. By using wildflowers instead of flowers grown with insecticides, you’ll be making a difference for the health of local bee populations. You can take part in Thompson & Morgan’s campaign by ordering through this website today!
How bee populations are declining
When once one of the most prevalent pollinators of crop species worldwide, now modern farming methods and pesticides are having dramatic effects on their without them, humanity will perish production would plunge without their contribution. It’s time we band together to save our environment and help safeguard their future – make sure you use PBEESALE at checkout for 10% off all bee-friendly plants when you buy direct from Thompson & Morgan . Saving humankind since 1737.
Save Our Bees has partnered with trusted plants experts Thompson & Morgan, who are renowned for their stunning collection of top quality seeds, shrubs, bulbs and pots. There’s really something for everyone there whether you’re looking for traditional colors or something more exotic in pansies, sweet peas or petunias. And what’s more; as part of our 10% Off Bee-Friendly Plants Sale, we’re donating £1 from every sale directly to Save Our Bees . So what are you waiting for?
Why bee populations are declining
A range of factors are thought to be behind declining bee populations, including pollution, disease, parasites like Varroa mites and even cell phone signals. But more recently, concern has focused on pesticides. Some of the reasons given for the decline in the bee population are a reduction in grasslands and wild flowers due to over-grazing of cattle and sheep. Climate change is another factor as bees work well in temperatures that range from 16 degrees to 41 degrees. High winds and cooler temperatures will prevent bees from travelling far and genetically modified crops as a reason for bee decline has also appeared in the press.
Even the use of mobile phones has been given as a reason for bee population decline!
The researchers found that neonicotinoids are likely to be causing regional-scale population extinctions of wild bees across England. Neonicotinoids (or neonic) have also been linked in other studies to huge die-offs of honeybees. Neonicotinoids are systemic chemicals, which means they’re absorbed into every part of a plant – including its pollen. As plants start growing, their pollen will also become contaminated with neonic. When foraging bees collect pollen from these neonic-contaminated plants, it poisons them. In fact, one study found that just 0.6 parts per billion of imidacloprid in nectar (about 20 grains of table salt) is enough to kill half of all foraging bumblebees after they return to their nests.
What can we do to help
Bees are at risk of extinction due to a variety of issues, but one way we can help is by supporting smaller nurseries such as Thompson & Morgan. Thanks to their hard work, they provide an excellent place for people like you and me who love growing plants. Now, they’re helping us all do our part in saving bee populations, too: Thompson & Morgan has pledged to give 10% of proceeds from their best-selling plant food range Bug Off back to three UK charities dedicated to protecting pollinators: Buglife , Bees for Development, and Friends of the Earth Bee Cause Project.
This will save over 15 million bees every year. And how exactly does it work? When you buy any product from Thompson & Morgan that contains Bug Off, they will donate £1 per bag sold to these charities through 2018—and there are dozens of products that contain Bug Off, including fertilizers, soil conditioners, and even seeds. All you have to do is pick out what looks good to you on their website or in stores and then enter save the bees at checkout. You’ll receive a 10% discount on your order (or 20 £ if you’re also buying seeds), which will go directly toward saving these important pollinators—and that’s something worth celebrating!
By saving our pollinators, we can preserve not only what we can see, but also what we might not notice. For a quick reminder of the topic at hand, a pollinator is Bees are the ones who pollinate about 70% of the world’s flowering plants. If bees were to go extinct, more than 300 plants that we grow for food, including rice and mangoes, would disappear, and we wouldn’t be able to taste delicious chocolate!