Bees are some of the most important and overlooked animals we have. Through pollination of crops alone, they add approximately £600 million per year to the value of UK crops through increased yield and quality. In the UK, bees are the largest contributor to pollination; recent studies suggest that about one-third of pollination is delivered by honeybees. Bees contribute to our quality of living, signal the health of local ecosystems, are key to the preservation of biodiversity. All of that and they still manage to be the cutest bugs about!
In celebration of World Bee Day this May 20th, we’ve put together an infographic detailing their importance, the problems they face and a quick identification guide to the 8 most popular species of British Bumblebee. Teaching others to identify bees can help protect them; psychological studies have shown that the more people know about biodiversity, the more they will prioritise protecting it. If you want to know more about World Bee Day and watching out for our bumbliest buds, take a look at the UN World Bee Day resources here.
Caring for bees isn’t just and idealistic goal: it’s a necessity. Preserving bee populations is an integral part of the United Nations fight against world hunger. Ensuring biodiversity is also essential to building the resilient agriculture and ecosystems we will need to adapt to climate change. Without a healthy and thriving bee population in Britain, we would struggle to maintain food security, spending millions (or perhaps even billions) on manual pollination. If that isn’t enough to convince you- a world without bees would mean no coffee or chocolate either! Read through our infographic, share those bees facts with everyone you know and let’s gather together to try #savethebees