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Fact of the week: There are over 220 different species of Solitary Bees living in the United Kingdom today!
Bees in dangers!
Loss of land – New houses, roads and town centre developments often result in the loss of bee habitats. Do planners always consider environmental issues? Does more care need to be taken when making these decisions so that important wildlife habitats are not lost for ever?
Destruction of old buildings – The pulling down of old buildings (notably those made from stone, wood and mortar) in towns, villages and countryside has in these areas seen a fall in bee numbers.
Pesticides and farming – Today farmers use Insecticides to prevent harmful insects eating and destroying crops. Sadly these chemicals kill many of the pollinators that allow these crops to reproduce. Protecting crops by not using pesticides is very important if some of our endangered species of bee are to survive!
Parasites and diseases – The decline in our bee population has until recently seen an increase in the number of pollinators imported to the United Kingdom from abroad. Some of these insects have brought with them diseases that are harmful to our native bees.
Loss of Wild Plants – Some Solitary bees only visit wild flowers to find pollen and nectar. The reduction in wild meadows in some parts of the United Kingdom has resulted in bee numbers dropping in these areas.
What can we do to help our bees?
Carry on the good work you are doing at school. Hang a solitary bee hotel outside in your garden next spring.
Destruction of farmland (Top right) Use of pesticides (Top left)
Parasite (Bottom right) Solitary Bee home (Bottom left)