This week, our thought for the week is bees. We’ll be finding out about why bees are threatened, why this matters and what we can do about it.
Friends of the Earth are running the Great British Bee Count until 30th June. You can download a smartphone app and take part in identifying and counting, bees. Click the image to download the app.
You can also make sure you buy bee-friendly plants for your garden.
Apparently eating local honey can help hayfever sufferers reduce their symptoms. Tonyrefail Apiary sells local honey as does Lisvane Honey Farm in the north of Cardiff. If you ever come across a swarm of bees – contact Bridgend Bee Keepers who will come and collect it for you. We did this in school last year!
Avoiding Bee Stings
Obviously bees do sometimes sting, and some people can be severely allergic to bee stings. Generally the advice given is to avoid approaching a bee hive as bees usually sting when they, or their hive is threatened.
The site beesting.co.uk advises the following to avoid getting stung:
- don’t wear perfume or body spray with sweet, floral scents
- don’t wear red (apparently bees can’t see red very well)
- be careful with open drinks cans and bottles outside – a bee will be attracted to the sugar around the rim and will get scared when you go to drink from it at the same time
- don’t walk around on grass barefooted
- if a bee lands on you, move slowly and blow it off gently – don’t run around screaming!