The world’s bee population has been rapidly dwindling. But why do we need bees? Well, bees pollinate more than 80% of flowering plants including 70 of the top 100 food crops for humans. It’s quite scary stuff. So how can we help the bees? Don’t worry, there are lots of things that you can do! Check out our top 4 tips on how to help bees.
Plant flowers in your garden or ask to plant flowers in a nearby park or at your school – this will attract bees and will give them plenty of food to eat and lots of work to do! Try to plant flowers that bloom from Spring until Autumn, this way all the bees can be happily fed all year round
Grow some vegetables or fruit, for example, strawberries, raspberries or apples! The bees will be happy and you, in return, will get some delicious fruit
Ask your parents or your teacher at school if they can leave some patches of uncut, long grass in the garden – this will provide food for bees and shelter for solitary bees
Create some nests for solitary bees at home or school – look up how to make solitary bee nest boxes to find instructions
Did you know…?
It might be tricky to count how many bees are in the world! But experts reckon that the bee population, over the last five or so years, has dropped by about a third. The increasing use of pesticides is thought to be one of the biggest causes
How to… feed a thirsty bee
You may have been seeing a lot of photos recently of thirsty-looking bees drinking from spoons. So, what’s it all about? It seems it all started with a post on a David Attenborough fan page explaining why bees are important!
Mix two tablespoons of granulated sugar with one tablespoon of water
Place on a spoon for the bee to reach
The mix of water and sugar will rehydrate the tired bee and give them some much-needed energy.
Save the bees!
Lottie Dolls partnered with the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan (AIPP) in 2017. The AIPP was founded in 2015 to preserve bee habitats and contribute to their future survival. Their most important task is to show everyone how important bees are, and what we can do to help the bees, so they won’t disappear from our planet forever. Professor Jane Stout, co-author of the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan has excellent advice for anyone who is scared of bees.
“Bees would never attack humans unless they are scared and only the girl bees can sting. Just stay calm, let them fly away and you’ll be fine. She probably just thinks you’re a flower!”
Save the bees with Lottie Dolls
The perfect outfit for budding beekeepers. Our super-cute Bee Yourself outfit is the perfect addition to the wardrobe of Lottie, Finn and friends.