20th May declared as World Bee Day
Following three years of sustained efforts by Slovenia at the United Nations, member states have now unanimously approved of the proposal to embrace the 20th May as World Bee Day! The purpose of this day is to celebrate bees and to raise awareness of their importance in conserving the environment. Bees are major pollinators who help to ensure food security, biodiversity and sustainable agriculture.
However, they are becoming increasingly endangered. Since 1900, the UK has lost 13 species of bee, and a further 35 are considered under threat of extinction. None are protected by law. Across Europe nearly 1 in 10 wild bee species face extinction.
What can you do on World Bee Day to protect the bees? Well, one of the biggest threats to bees is lack of safe habitat. Planting some flowers rich in pollen and nectar could create the perfect space for bumble bees to thrive. You don’t need tons of space – a hanging basket or potted plant will suffice. It is certain that taking a moment from your day to create a home for the bees is a fantastic way to celebrate World Bee Day. Alternatively, why not create a bee bath to help them rehydrate after a long day of collecting nectar. Simply fill a shallow container with water and place stones or sticks nearby so the bees can land and take a sip.
Here at Garden House Solicitors, we are lucky enough to have a beautiful garden to admire right outside our windows. Ken is an avid gardener and takes pride in the lovely garden here. Take a look at the pictures below.