Bees are amazing and fulfil a vital role in our ecosystem, (if you don’t believe me then watch Bee Movie!). You may think that one bee alone may not amount to much, but collectively they amalgamate to make a powerful and vital force, responsible for pollinating almost 75% of the world’s food crops.
It is a fact that without bees our world would be a very different place. A world without honeybees would also mean a world without fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds. Recently there has been a dramatic decline in bee populations, which, if it gets worse, will have a detrimental impact on the environment and on life as we know it.
David Attenborough, one of the most influential men in environmental change, has urged Brits (and ultimately everyone on the planet) to make a difference. The 92-year-old took to his Facebook to warn that humans would only have four years to live if bees became extinct.
Sir David wrote: “In the last 5 years the bee population has dropped by 1/3. If bees were to disappear from the face of the earth, humans would have just 4 years left to live.
“This time of year bees can often look like they are dying or dead, however, they’re far from it. Bees can become tired and they simply don’t have enough energy to return to the hive which can often result in being swept away.
“If you find a tired bee in your home, a simple solution of sugar and water will help revive an exhausted bee. Simply mix two tablespoons of white, granulated sugar with one tablespoon of water, and place on a spoon for the bee to reach. You can also help by sharing this post to raise awareness.”
The post has since had over 110K likes and 390K shared, with thousands of comments. Facebook users have commented with their attempts at Sir David’s advice:
“I made a Bee Hotel for my allotment they seem to love it, I fill the bed with plants that they love, I have a Bath and leave sugar on the top too”
With another saying: “I helped one last week with a drink of sugar water, it had a good drink, sat for a minute and then flew off.”
So why not try it at home, and collectively we can work together to save the bees!