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The Vital Role of Bees in Our Ecosystem

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Bee collecting nectar

Every Day Is Earth Day

Hello, I’m Emma-Jane Williams, founder of Bee Green Pals and an associate at Pathway to Carbon Zero. As we reflect on this year’s Earth Day, I am calling for an extension of this vital awareness into every day of our lives. Why restrict our actions to just one day when the challenges facing our planet, particularly our bees, demand ongoing attention?

Bees are more than fascinating insects; they are indispensable to the health of our ecosystems. Serving as primary pollinators, bees are crucial for the reproduction of many plants, including crops like fruits, vegetables, and nuts. Despite their importance, bees are facing an unprecedented threat. The global decline in bee populations is a critical concern, impacting biodiversity, crop production, and the ecological balance necessary for a healthy environment.

Recently, during a stroll along Mold Road in Flintshire, I observed the cutting of grass, a seemingly innocuous activity that can significantly disrupt the habitats of bees and other pollinators. This minor event is a microcosm of the broader challenges that our pollinators face daily — challenges often overlooked in our management of landscapes and agricultural practices.

Emma - photo courtesy of Ali Ford
Emma – photo courtesy of Ali Ford

It’s within our power to change this narrative. Start by considering the origin of the plants you purchase: Are they grown without harmful pesticides? Are they beneficial to bees? Now is an ideal time for schools, businesses, and residents to plant bee-friendly gardens. Another significant step we can take is reducing our use of pesticides, which pose dangers not just to bees but to all wildlife.

A Thriving Environment

I urge everyone to embrace the spirit of Earth Day, every day. Whether by choosing the right plants for your garden, reducing pesticide use, or creating sanctuaries for bees, your efforts are crucial. Let’s support and initiate local projects that promote robust bee populations.

Together, we can foster a thriving environment for our pollinators, ensuring a healthier planet for future generations. If you are already taking steps to protect our bees or if you feel inspired to start today, please reach out. Let’s continue this conversation and strengthen our collective impact.

Let’s initiate something transformative today! If you’re actively involved in helping our bees, I would love to hear from you. Together, we can certainly effect substantial change.

This is what people should do if they see a bee struggling: Place a couple of flowers next to it so it can have a drink of nectar.  People are misled about sugar water, bees rarely drink anything other than nectar so flowers are best and then covering them with a leaf loosely, so they are protected from predators and within 40 mins they should have the strength to move on. Ideally, people would plant more bee-friendly flowers so they have flower corridors to land on.

Bees inside a flower - photo courtesy of Emma Williams
Bees inside a flower – photo courtesy of Emma Williams

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