World Bee Day 2023 from Cbbc :

What’s all the buzz about?

 

Bees are so important to the health of our planet that they have their own special day.

World Bee Day takes place on 20 May each year, and its aim is to spread awareness of the significance of bees.

Bee campaigners also ask people everywhere to do more to protect and help the special insects.

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is urging everyone including governments, private companies, researchers and consumers, to take action to help save the popular pollinators. 

 So what’s the buzz about bees?

A third of the world’s food production depends on bees.

Bees pollinate (a process vital to crops growing) three quarters (75%) of leading global crops, including oilseed rape, apples, soft fruits, beans and courgettis, as well as things like tomatoes and strawberries. 

Bees are vital for maintaining the balance between living organisms such as human beings, plants, and animals as well as their environment.

They also help reduce pollution

Scientific studies have proven that bees have become increasingly endangered. The UN says one million species face extinction in a report they released in 2015. 

Planting bee-friendly plants like heather and daisies and red clover on balconies, terraces, and in gardens can help

  • Leaving sections of the garden wild and letting the grass grow long gives the bees a place to shelter
  • Create a bee hotel for your garden’s bee population
  • Leaving a small dish with a few pebbles and shallow water in can help if a bee is thirsty
  • There are also special bricks which bees can live in.   
  • Don’t use pesticides as they are really harmful to bees
  • Buy honey and other hive products from your nearest local beekeeper

 

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