We all came to know and love her during our childhood: the daring little clever bee Maya. Unfortunately, I have bad news for all of the bee fans out there: the useful little insects are critically endangered! Adventive mite, pesticides and weed control together with a lack of feed and nesting sites make life difficult for our wild bees. And yet, these little striped wonders maintain our ecosystem and guarantee biological diversity. One out of three groceries only finds the way in our households thanks to the pollination through the bees – so we cannot pretend that the whole thing would not concern us! The good news is, that each individual can contribute to the bee conservation. We present you the concrete possibilities:
Provide Nourishment through Planting
Pack out your gardening gloves and the watering can and compete against the food shortage of the bees! Even those who only have a balcony can plant it and thereby contribute to the salvation of the wild bees. As a general rule with planting, it applies that various plant species help various bee species with their foraging. Wild plants with unfilled blossoms like bellflower families, mustard flowers or aromatic herbs are particularly precious. The ones who own a garden can do the bees a huge favour by not fertilizing and mowing it only twice a year, so that the trim lawn can turn into a wild blooming meadow.
Creating Nesting Sites
Now that a basic food resource was created for the bees, only the appropriate nesting sites are missing. Unlike the honeybees, their wild relatives are loners and have to find nourishment and nesting places on their own. Because of the dense colonisation, there is decreasingly room for them. An insect hotel consisting of cut off reeds offers the bees a safe hiding place and besides looks really decorative! The ideal conditions are offered by a sunny location which is sheltered from rain, so that the nesting aid cannot get mould-infested. Moreover, you should take care of fixing the nesting site properly in order that it does not swing too much in the wind.
We wish you a lot of fun with your own bee rescue mission!