It’s All ‘Bout the Bees!
Bees don’t just make delicious honey and buzz around! They’re actually a super-important part of our environment.
Scientists believe that looking at how well the bee population is doing is a good sign of the environment as a whole. Bad news though – over the last 10 years, bees haven’t been doing so well.
Why are bees so important?
Bees collect pollen and nectar from flowers to take back to their hives to make honey. As bees visit many flowers during these pollen-collecting trips, they spread pollen around, allowing new plants to take seed and grow.
Many plants rely on bees to do this important job! Apples, broccoli, melons, pumpkins, berries and almonds all rely on bees to spread their pollen, and without the bees, it would be much harder for these plants to grow.
What can you do?
Every little bit helps. Below are a few ideas of how you can help the bees.
1. Bees love flowers like daisies, lavender, coral pea, grevillia, sage, rosemary, lilacs, hyacinths, and snapdragons.
2. If you see a bee asleep on the ground outside, it’s likely to be extremely tired and far from its hive. Don’t touch it, but ask your parent to make some sugar syrup to feed the bee. Fill a teaspoon with sugar syrup and lay it right next to the bee so the bee can drink it if wants to. Hopefully the sugar will perk the bee up and it’ll be able to fly home!
3. Buy honey regularly to support the bee farmers who keep Australia’s bees alive and well.