Its all about the bees!

Our bee collection continues to create a buzz with our customers and fly off the shelves, especially in the summer months.  While we all know that there is sharp decline in bee numbers, there are many things that we have learnt about bees in the past few months while doing a bit of research for new design ideas so we thought we would share 10 facts that we thought were the most interesting with you!

  • Since 1900, the UK has lost 13 species of bee, and a further 35 are considered under threat of extinction. None are protected by law. Across Europe nearly 1 in 10 wild bee species face extinction.
  • The Honey bee is probably the best-known bee around, but over 270 species of bee have been recorded in Great Britain. There are around 20.000 species of bees worldwide.
  • Bees are essential for food production. It is estimated that the total value of crops pollinated by insects is £510m per year in the UK. Honey bees must gather nectar from two million flowers to make one pound of honey.
  • Bees actually have four wings. They hook them together to form one big pair when flying and then unhook them easily when not flying. The four wings are also a way of telling bees from hoverflies, which only have two wings. The bees’ buzz is the sound made by their wings which beat 11,400 times per minute.
  • Did you know that Professor Dumbledore’s name in Harry Potter comes from the Cornish word for bumble bee?
  • Bees use the “waggle dance” to teach each other about the direction and location of food sources that can be up to 750 metres away.
  • Honey bees only sting when they sense danger or to protect the colony. A worker bee dies after it has stung
  • During chillier seasons, worker bees can live for nine months. But in the summer, they rarely last longer than six weeks—they literally work themselves to death.
  • Honey is the only food that includes all the substances necessary to sustain life, including enzymes, vitamins, minerals, and water; and it’s the only food that contains “pinocembrin”, an antioxidant associated with improved brain functioning.
  • Honey bees have been producing honey in the same way for 150 million years.

How we can help bees survive!

With the introduction of modern pesticides, the destruction of the country side for building developments and even because we pave over our gardens to make car parking areas – the number of bees is in serious decline. It is up to us to help the bees survive – so when choosing plants for your gardens pick some bee friendly plants such as Lavender, bluebells, crocuses, rosemary and wallflower.  Bees also love the blossom on strawberry plants, raspberry and apple trees – so not only would you be helping the bees you would get some delicious fresh fruit too!

Bees also need places to live to survive – take a look at the link to see how you can make a “bee hotel” for your garden.                   

You can see our full bee collection by clicking on this link