The Decline in the Bee Population
Most Australian’s are aware of the declining bee population, the negative implications of this and the great need to help save the bees. Whilst, in Australia our declining bee population is not as disastrous, (we are the only continent still free of the parasitic varroa mite) as what has been occurring overseas, it is still a growing problem of great concern.
The main reasons for the decline in bees in Australia is the use of pesticides, the loss of natural habitat and, due to urbanisation an increase in flowerless landscapes.
To help stop (or at least reduce), the decline in the Australian bee population, we have provided below some ideas on how to save the bees. These ideas include how to save the bees that are native to Australia as well how to save the honey bees that were imported into Australia by the early European settlers.
How to Save The Bees
Use Less Pesticides
Whilst bees are not pests, unfortunately the pesticides that we use do not discriminate. Unfortunately, even organic pesticides can harm bees.
Reducing the amount of pesticides that you use and the time that you use them is one of the best ways that you can help save the bees. Also try not to use pesticides when plants are flowering as this is the time that bees will most likely be in your garden.
Using pesticides in the evening or at night when the bees are in bed can help reduce the impact of these poisons.
A veggie garden will not only provide you with home grown vegetables, but is also a great source of nutrition for bees. Particularly if you let some veggies go to seed so that the bees can feast on the flowers. Instead of using pesticides on your veggies, why not try companion planting. Companion planting is a much more bee-friendly way to keep unwanted pests from enjoying your vegetables.
Plant Bee-Friendly Plants
Planting bee-friendly flowers, bushes and especially trees in your garden is a great way to help save the bees. The best plants for bees in Australia include lavender, herbs, bottlebrush, pincushion hakea, daisies, butterfly bush, sage, grevilleas, purple coral pee climber, tea trees and flowering gums.
It is also best that bee-friendly flowers and shrubs are in masses of around a metre as clumps this size and larger are more likely to attract bees.
A truly bee-friendly garden provides a source of pollination for bees throughout the year. Thus this type of garden will have plants that flower during each of the four seasons to keep the bees happy all year round.
Provide a Source of Water
A source of water is also very helpful to bees and having a bee bath nearby your bee friendly plants is ideal.
Build a Bee Hotel
A bee hotel does not have to be five star! In fact, this article describes how to make an Air Bee n Bee!
Become a Beekeeper
Becoming a beekeeper is not for the fainthearted or the semi-committed, but if you are interested there is some interesting information on keeping a beehive to your garden.
Buy Locally Produced Honey
By supporting the local beekeepers you are supporting the industry that cares for bees and helps maintain the bee population. Also, buying local honey and other bee products will help stop the decline in the number of Australian beekeepers, again helping to maintain the bee population.
We suggest that you start this initiative to help save bees now by buying one of the delicious 100% natural Australian honeys that we have for sale here at Simply Honey Online Honey Shop! Can we tempt you with Tasmanian Leatherwood Honey or our famous Manuka Honey?
Unlike most of the honeys that you will find in the supermarket, the honey sold on this website (AB’s Honey) is as natural as honey can be containing all the goodness, flavour, aroma and texture of raw honey, a delicious healthy treat as only mother nature can provide.