For bees to produce 500g of honey they must collect nectar from 200000 flowers! The British Bee Veterinary Association is asking for YOUR help. They are asking vets all over the UK to help save the declining number of bees that are so vital in our society. A third of the food we eat requires pollination and you can contribute to this by being a part of the Bee-Friendly Practice Scheme.
So what does the scheme involve? It encourages practices to plant a 1M2 pot with flowering plants that will attract pollinating bees. If each of the practices in the UK contributed by planting a tub or border to sustain visiting bees, then not only could we make a real difference, but your practice will look bright and cheery to customers and it will also raise the profile of your practice. WIN, WIN!
Some interesting bee facts:
- There is only one species of honey bee native in the UK. There are 24 species of bumblebee and 225 of solitary bee.
- A honeybee can dance to show other bees where to find food.
- Bees have two stomachs; One for food and the other just for nectar.
- Bees are the only insect in the world that make food that people can eat!
So lets join together and make a positive step in saving our bees!! For more information about the scheme and what flowers to use please see attached leaflet. bee friendly leaflet