"When you see a bee on the ground that isn’t moving, it’s not necessarily dead, it’s probably just dead tired from carrying lots of pollen and needs re-energizing.
If you mix a tiny bit of water with some sugar and let it drink it will give it the boost it needs to continue on its way. Please pass this message on to others."
The bee population in the UK (and worldwide) is declining and this has serious implications for all of us. Bees are vital to our lives as they are among the primary pollinators of plants in the UK and it's been deduced that if our native bees were to die out the effect on crops and wild flowers would be catastrophic. As these crops and flowers provide food for our wild and farm animals we could easily lose up to a third of our regular diet. This is a very real problem, and one that is not getting the attention it needs.
There have been many suggestions as to the causes of the decline, one of the most popular of which is the widespread use of pesticides. Insecticides such as this may well have an adverse effect on bees and could explain the large numbers that are dying out each year.
(information from save our bees)
There are plenty of ways you can help the bees - for my part, I'm a member of the Bumble Bee Conservation Trust. This is from their website:
The Bumblebee Conservation Trust was established because of serious concerns about the 'plight of the bumblebee'. In the last 80 years our bumblebee populations have crashed. Two species have become nationally extinct and several others have declined dramatically.
We have four main aims:
* The prevention of the extinction of any of the UK’s bumblebees
* A long-term future for our bees and other pollinators which support the ecosystem service of pollination
* The protection, creation and restoration of flower-rich habitats
* An increase in the understanding and appreciation of bumblebees
Help save the bees!