Are bees dying out?
Yes, bees are dying globally at an alarming rate. For the past few years, theres been an astonishing decline in bees, beekeepers are reporting approximately 40 -45% of their bee colonies are not surviving each year.
What are bees dying from?
Here are some of the reasons beekeepers are attributing the the death of bees to: pesticides, habitat loss as a result of climate change, diseases from parasites, and our insecticide use. 😔
How will bees dying affect us?
Bees are an important part of Earth’s ecosystem and we rely on them more than we'd like to believe. Up to a third of the food we eat comes from pollinating bees.
Experts are warning there could be major food shortages and financial despair if the bee populations were completely collapse. The cost of food could rise dramatically and much of the world could be in poverty.
“If bees were to disappear from the face of the earth, humans would have just four years left to live,” - Sir David Attenborough
What can we do?
We need to find creative solutions to help save the bees which is why:
Your mission is to feed the bees where you live by planting these bee balls. These bee balls are wildflower seeds for the bees.
- These bee balls contain a number of different wildflower seeds.
- These bee balls work well in both gardens or pots put on your balcony.
- The clay that surrounds these balls acts protection against other predators such as birds and insects from eating the seeds.
- Each ball contains an average of 65 seeds so place the bee balls at a far enough distance from each-other, at least 5cm.
How to grow your bee balls
There is no need to 'plant' these bee balls, just scatter them in soil or compost
either in your garden or in a medium sized pot. Leave at least 5cm distance between each bee ball.
Bee balls can be scattered throughout the year but the most ideal times are Autumn and Spring.
With rain (or watering) and enough sun and warmth, the wildflower seeds inside the ball will start to germinate and little sprouts will begin to appear from the ball.
Awareness of the decline in populations has only been fully brought to the fore in recent years but we can do more.
- Take a photo of your bee ball patch in your garden or pot
- Help raise awareness on social by posting your photo with hashtag #mybeeballs 😃 and please tag us @plus1twenty so we can see!