Vegging Out’s Year of the Bee

Bee by Danny Perez PhotographyThis year at Vegging Out there’s a buzz in the air – or rather, I am hoping there will be a buzz in the air.

Inspired by Damian Grounds of Help Save Bees, I’m making 2010 Vegging Out’s Year of the Bee.

Bees are crucial to many of our fruit and vegetable crops. Without bees our harvests would be extremely disappointing and food choices may become limited.

Bees Under Threat

Unfortunately the bee population has been under threat over the last few years with what is now referred to as Colony Collapse Disorder – you may have noticed less bees in your garden.

The cause of colony collapse is as yet unknown, but some of the reasons that have been touted include: a virus, malnutrition, the use of pesticides, immune disorder, mites and fungus.

Help Save Bees

Damian Grounds set up Help Save Bees to raise awareness about the plight of our native British bees. His website and blog are great sources of information for anyone interested in learning more about bees.

For my Year of the Bee I plan to help spread the word about the plight of bees through this blog. I also hope to discover and share ways of encouraging bees back into our gardens, and am keen to make my tiny garden as bee-friendly as possible. There is also a local apiary that holds beekeeping courses, which I hope to be able to get to and I will of course write about those here, too.

Vote for The Bumblebee Conservation Trust

I’ve started my campaign for bees by voting for The Bumblebee Conservation Trust to help them win £25,000 for their latest conservation project.

The Bumblebee Conservation Trust wants to restore a habitat for the Shrill Carder bumblebee (Bombus sylvarum) one of the UK’s rarest bumblebee species. This is one of six eco-projects in the running to win £25,000. You can help the Trust by voting for their project here.

Photo via Flickr by Danny Perez Photography.


2 thoughts on “Vegging Out’s Year of the Bee

  1. Hi Amanda,

    I applaud your decision to make your 2010 the Year of the Bee, as I am a native bee fan also.

    Apart from making your garden as bee friendly as possible, why not consider making some tunnel habitats for mason bees – anything from simple paper tubes in a can, to reed bundles to drill blocks or trays. You don’t need courses for that. It’ll mean that they’ll get a proper foothold in your garden. You’ll find several different habitat options if you check out “solitary bees” on YouTube…

    Damian Grounds is doing some great work getting people behind his bee projects – I hope to soon see you saying more about your Year of the Bee on Twitter… and what you are seeing in your garden.

    Cheers, Paul.

  2. Thanks Paul, I think I will be taking some tips from your website the solitary bee info is really interesting. Love the idea of the tubes, will definitely look in to that.

    Cheers, Amanda

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