Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Save the bees

A few days ago I had a little twitty banter with one of my nature-loving friends on the subject of bees.  I was inspired to undertake a little apian stitchery in her honour...
With shiny wings thanks to some new metallic thread, a little bee, buzzing around happily...
Sadly not all our bees are so happy.  In fact there has been a frightening drop in our bee populations in recent years, with two species becoming extinct.  Most of us have been the victim of a bee sting at some point, but the decline in bee numbers is nothing to be celebrated; bees are responsible for pollinating a significant proportion of the food we eat.  Regardless of how much honey you eat, without bees in our lives we would be heading for starvation.

There is much that can be done to protect our apian friends - last year's EU restrictions on certain chemicals is good news, and we can even plant bee-friendly plants in our gardens.  I'll be trying to do this soon (we've just found out we'll be staying here for the time being, so no more excuses for ignoring the gardening!).  More information is available at the Bumblbee Conservation Trust.

As for my bee - he's winging his way to my friend in the form of a bee-lated birthday card...
Kate x

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