There has been a global decline in the bee world, alongside a decline in both butterflies and moths. Bees play a large part in the eco-system; with a third of our food production depending on pollination, their decline is having an increasingly noticeable effect on the environment. Just 10 years ago, there were around one million bee hives. Compare that to the 300,000 today and the difference is mind-blowing.
However, there are a few things you can do to keep the butterflies and bees alive — and keep the children occupied during the long summer holidays. Below is a short guide on how kids can help to build better lives for the bees:
Create a flower show
Flowers are key to saving bees - and every flower counts. By taking inspiration from your local park or flower shows, you can create magnificent displays right in your own back garden. Particularly for those with lots of lovely garden space, try planting out your names in bulbs or flowers to create your own spectacular flower show. There is such a range of flowers available in all shapes and colours, you can really let loose your imagination!
Plant a miniature garden
Even if you don’t have a lot of outside space, every little helps. Why not try creating your own miniature garden in a plant pot or teacup? Purchase organic flowers from your local garden centre in a variety of colours and get the kids planting their own personal patch. Whether planting herbs or a little fairy garden, if it looks attractive to you, it will be beautiful to the bees, too.
The biggest factor in helping these tiny creatures thrive is avoiding pesticides and artificial fertilisers. The best plants for the bees are organic, leaving them to work in their natural environment. It is always worth checking with your garden centre if any chemicals have been used on plants to ensure the environment will be most effective.
Create bee nests
Create a little home for bees by bundling a selection of hollow canes together and placing them near your beautiful flowers to give the bees somewhere to shelter in bad weather and hide away from predators. They also like to nest away in upturned plant pots, nestling through the holes to catch some shade.
Spread the word
Get creative and spread the word about the Save the Bees initiative. The more people that know the better! You could create some colourful posters to show your friends, or invite them to your new bee-friendly garden to see all your wonderful hard work. You never know, one day today’s children will join the new young generation of beekeepers that is helping to save our food chain!
Why not take a look at our summer sale
, featuring reductions across a whole range of products, including kids clothing; perfect for creating miniature bee gardens!
Photos courtesy of Severnjc
& Garry Knight
under Creative Commons