Perfect Pollinators 2018 Buzzline 6 Why are our bees in danger?

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Perfect Pollinators 2018 Buzzline 6 Why are our bees in danger?

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Welcome this week to Buzzline where we shall be finding out about the threats to our solitary bee population here in the United Kingdom. Thankfully unlike the Honey and Bumble Bee that have seen their numbers fall dramatically over the past couple of decades, solitary bee numbers have not fallen as sharply. Still, we all need to know about the threats to our Bee population in the United Kingdom.

Fact of the week: There are over 220 different species of Solitary Bees living in the United Kingdom today!

Bees in dangers!

What are these threat? Listed below are 5 challenges that our bee population faces today!

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?

Taking part in projects like Perfect Pollinators is important as we all have a part to play in helping others learn about the important work our pollinating insects do. If we all work together providing homes for our pollinators then we can all play a part in making sure the flowers and plants in our gardens, meadows, greenhouses, orchards and vineyards are visited each year by Red Mason bees and other pollinating insects.

Carry on the good work you are doing at school. Hang a solitary bee hotel outside in your garden next spring.

Photographs:

Destruction of farmland (Top right)        Use of pesticides (Top left)

Parasite (Bottom right)                            Solitary Bee home (Bottom left)

By |2018-09-04T08:50:22+00:00May 28th, 2018|Buzzline, Buzzline 2017, See Nature News|0 Comments

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