It's National Don't Step On A Bee Day!
Written by: Sophie Taylor
Bees are in increasing danger due to loss of habitat, disease and toxic pesticides.
This 10th July marks National Don’t Step on a Bee Day – an important reminder that bee numbers have halved in the last decade in some countries. So tread careful you heavy footed swarm botherer and enjoy some much needed bee awareness.
1. Honey for my honey
Support your local beekeeper and pop into your nearby farm shop or deli for some tasty honey.
For the more selfishly-minded remember you’ll be doing yourself a favour in the process: by consuming honey from your neighbourhood you’ll reduce your levels of hayfever sensitivity by ingesting the pollen byproduct.
Think of it like a flu shot but a hell of a lot sweeter and less of the mucus fest. Try The Deli at 80, they sell their own range of honey which comes from a local beekeeper who hand collects the sweet stuff from her buzzy hive in Finsbury Park.
The Deli at 80, 80 Stroud Green Road, N4 3EN 0207 272 66 22
2. Think outside your window box
If you’re not a huge fan of the sugary condiment our be-winged friends produce, you can still enjoy the buzzy process. Bees play a vital role in the security of our food supply and the quality of our natural environment, so do your bit and invite some round for tea. Don’t have a garden? Don’t think you’ve got enough room on your window sill? Think again. Invest in some locally-sourced wildflower seeds and plant your own little meadow in a window box. You’ll attract the sexiest of drones who go doo-lally for your bluebells, your daisies, and your bellflowers, to name but a few. Soak seeds for an hour and plant under an inch of soil then sit back and wait for the bee list to arrive. Have a peek in Boma Garden Centre in Kentish Town for some bee hero seeds and polish your halo with beeswax.
Boma Garden Centre, 51-53 Islip Street, Kentish Town NW5 2DL. Open 7 days a week
3. Bee appy
Ever watched a bee flitting from flower to flower in Clissold Park and thought ‘oh you stripey hussy, I wish I had your sassy self-assurance?’ or perhaps wondered who else would care that you’d just spotted said bee and given it a second thought?
Get downloading the Great British Bee Count App and start logging those bee spots! You’ll be helping build a picture of bee health and activity in North London to secure a thriving future for our UK buzzers.
You big bee stalking weirdo.
4. Hotel motel
Why not build a bee hotel this Sunday. What else have you got planned? Loads? Oh, good for you. But when procrastination / your massive hangover calls, here’s how to embrace it in your front garden (or wall). There’s a huge diversity of bee types in North London and so-called solitary bees need a place to crash. Start with a wooden box (approx. 20cms deep with a small, sloping overhang) and fix it to a sunny wall or fence. Drill holes into small logs and place them in your new hotel: solitary bees will use these as tunnels, the nifty little buggers. You can amend your hotel for different types of bee, such as the Leafcutter or Mason, which sounds rather like an up-market Estate Agents to us.
Find out more with this handy Friends of the Earth pdf
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