We are excited to be taking part in the Great British Bee Count which started on the 19 May and will finish on the 30 June 2016. See the live count and download the app here:
The Great British Bee Count was set up by Friends of the Earth in order to monitor the British Bee population as the number of British bees are declining! Twenty species of Bee have already been lost in the UK and this number will increase if action is not taken soon. Our Bees are in trouble!
British bees are threatened by many factors induced by the human population. These include; habitat loss and destruction, changes in land use (increasing urbanisation), toxic neonicotinoid pesticides and climate change. Bees are an essential component in helping to sustain our food and economy as we rely on them to pollinate around 75% of our fruit and vegetable crops.
Digbeth Community Garden is in full bloom, showcasing a rich wild flower habitat for bees and other wildlife to thrive. We have already spotted different species of bee and have taken lots of photos. Check out a twitter page to see what we have spotted!
Along with monitoring the bees in the garden we have also been tweeting a different bee fact every day. Here are a few of our favourite facts so far:
- Honey bees fly at a speed of around 25km per hour and beat their wings 200 times per second!
- There are around 250 species of bee in the UK
- Bee keepers wear white to keep the bees calm
- In mathematical terms, a bee flies around the world one and a half times for one jar of honey (500g)
- A honey bee visits between 50 to 100 flowers during one collection flight
- A beehive in the summer can contain as many as 50,000-80,000 bees
Be sure to follow us on twitter (@Bham_FOE) and see the good work we are doing for British Bees!