He told us some very interesting facts about bees:
- Bees are worth 700 million euro to the Irish economy
- It takes a bee 64 million flower visits to make 1kg of honey
- There are many kinds of bees: honey bee, garden bumblebee, carpenter bees, mining bees, solitary bees and of course, the queen bee
- Climate change is affecting bees because flowers are blooming earlier than usual...before the bee wakes up!
- Building and construction on meadows are driving bees away
- Using land for extensive farming and agriculture is also endangering bees.
So what can we do to help the bees?
- We can plant more flowers, especially seasonal flowers to attract the bees back to gather pollen and make honey.
- We can ask mum or dad to mow the garden just once a month so that the wild flowers will have time to grow.
- We can continue our 'Stop Climate Change' campaign and 'Reduce, Reuse, Recycle'.