Yes !! You Really Can Help Save Bees It’s Easy

 

In America and Europe, bees are in trouble. But the good news is, there’s something you can do to help. A study published in Nature, finds that when bumble bees live near a rich array of wildflowers, their chances of survival to the next year increase by up to four times. In particular, it helps to have a mix of plants that flower in both spring and summer. The findings aren’t exactly surprising for ecologists. Humans’ tendency to replace meadows and forests with urban growth, lawns and parking lots thins out the diversity of flowers available to bees, but restoring patches of native wildflowers helps and increases survival for bumble bee and others. If you’re interested in helping the bees, all it takes is a few square feet of lawn or potted plants. It helps to include sand, mud, and patches of bare ground for bees to nest in. And be sure to plant a mix of wildflowers, so that you’ll have them blooming throughout the spring, summer, and into the fall. Talk to your local garden centre for more information. …… Ed

Source: Sarah Fecht / Photo: Lucy Hulmes

Posted in All Stories, Ed McMahon

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