Making a bee-friendly space can help save our honey bees
Below are six of the best ways to help save our honey bees.
Adopt a beehive: The British Beekeepers Association has a fundraising Adopt A Beehive scheme for people who want to be involved in beekeeping but are not able to have a hive of their own. You receive honey-based products, a newsletter and information about local beekeeper events. Visit www.adoptahive.co.uk
Make a bee-friendly space: Plant flowers such as asters, hollyhocks, foxgloves and sunflowers to attract bees to your garden and shrubs such as buddleias, hebes and hydrangeas. Flowering herbs such as rosemary and mint are also good and fruit trees are bee magnets.
If you are lucky enough to have a big garden, many would-be beekeepers will happily manage a beehive for you
Volunteer: Contact your county’s Wild Life Trust to see if they need volunteers for conservation and habitat work, by going towww.wildlifetrusts.org
Buy local honey: Local honey is much better for you than foreign supermarket honey because the flavour reflects your local countryside and the money you spend will be spent on beekeepers’ costs so their honey bees can carry on pollinating local crops.