You may have been seeing a lot of photos recently of thirsty-looking bees drinking from spoons. So what’s it all about? Well, it seems it all started with a post on a David Attenborough fan page explaining the ecological importance of our buzzing friends. It turns out that the bee population has been rapidly dwindling in the last five or so years. In fact, the population has dropped by a third which may be very bad for humans. Bees pollinate over 80% of all flowering plants including 70 of the top 100 human food crops. Increasing use of pesticides is thought to be one of the biggest causes of the decline in bee numbers.
The post recommended mixing two tablespoons of white, granulated sugar with one tablespoon of water, and place on a spoon for the bee to reach. the mix of water and sugar will rehydrate the tired bee and give them some much-needed energy.
Of course, Lottie Doll fans will know all about his already having seen Lottie partner up with the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan (AIPP) in 2017. This organisation was founded preserve bee habitats and contribute to their sustainability! The most important task for the AIPP after their inception in 2015 was to show everyone how important bees are, and what we can do to help them, so they won’t disappear from our planet forever.
Of course, a lot of people are quite frightened of bees but Professor Jane Stout, co-author of the all-Ireland pollinator plan, explains that there’s no need at all. “Bees would never attack humans unless they are scared, and only the girl bees can sting – just stay calm, let them fly away and you’ll be fine – she probably just thinks you’re a flower!”
What else can you do to save the bees?
Plant flowers in your garden, or ask to plant flowers in a nearby park or at your school – this will attract bees and will give them plenty of food to eat and lots of work to do! Try to plant flowers that bloom from Spring until Autumn, this way all the bees can be happily fed all year round
Grow some vegetables or fruit, for example, strawberries, raspberries or apples! The bees will be happy, and you, in return, will get some delicious fruit
Ask your parents or at school if they can leave some patches of uncut, long grass in the garden – this will provide food for bees and shelter for solitary bees
Create some nests for solitary bees at home or school – look up how to make solitary bee nest boxes to find instructions
You can learn so much more about bees by visiting Biodiversity Ireland Pollinator Plan Website
Learn about bees with Lottie by picking up this super cute Bee Yourself outfit set. Like all Lottie clothes, this set will fit Lottie, Finn, Mia and Sammi!