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In the past few years honey bee numbers have fallen substantially.  As they are the world’s most important pollinating insects, if this trend continues, it could have serious implications for the food on our plates!  The causes of the losses are not yet fully understood but it's believed that a number of factors such as the extensive use of insecticides in farming, the loss of flower-rich hedgerows and hay meadows (on which they depend for food), diseases, and climate change have all contributed. There has also been a massive decline in the number of beehives in the UK - nearly 75 per cent in the past century.

Honey bees work hard. Honey, wax, royal jelly, all familiar bee products used in many of our everyday foods, household products, cosmetics and healthcare. But these remarkable little creatures give us so much more! As pollinators, worker bees fly from flower to flower collecting pollen, some of which they tuck into a pocket or basket on their hind legs or abdomen, but some pollen they transfer to other plants, necessary to ensure a healthy crop. 

Honey bees are usually very gentle creatures who mind their own business. They are far too busy working, and will usually leave people alone, but they may be attracted to some soap’s, perfumes or hairsprays that we use. If one comes near you, it is probably confused. Waving your arms and trying to swat it away may cause it to feel under attack, and sting. The best action is to remain calm, and once it realises you have no nectar, it will leave you alone. Bees are vegetarians and not predatory like wasps.

 

 We hope our beehive may inspire you to share our interest in the conservation of these fascinating and essential insects. If you wish to find out more, there is an abundance of information available in books and online. Your local Beekeepers Association can give great advice on starting up your own colony. You do not need a vast amount of land to be a beekeeper – just an undisturbed spot in the garden with a bit of privacy and some care and attention.

Our hives are supplied empty. They are an attractive garden decoration just as they are, and would make a great focal point in any garden. Supplied with the hive is a ‘Getting Started’ information sheet, detailing the list of internal parts required to prepare this hive for a colony of honey bees, should you wish to pursue this as a hobby or a business. These are all readily available to purchase on the internet.

You can simply give bees a helping hand by planting ‘bee friendly’ plants in your garden, which provide nectar and pollen.  Trees, shrubs, flowers, fruits, vegetables and herbs, you can choose from a huge selection.  Even if you have no garden, window boxes and hanging baskets are also loved by bees.

If we look after bees today, they will look after us in the future.

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