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It's a bug's life!

12th July 2021

As you may have seen in the news recently, Arla have started a mission to increase the bee population. They’re calling it “The Bee Road”.

Having bee-friendly plants in gardens is a brilliant way to increase their population. However, they also need “corridors” of plants to get from one place to another. So, if your neighbour is ½ a mile away, they’ll need plants to stop at on their way. Like most creatures, they need to refuel before continuing. Bees travel up to 5km away from their hive/nest to collect pollen and nectar, though some have been recorded up to 20km away!

A third of the food we eat needs to be pollinated to grow. These include squash, broccoli, apples and almonds. Hence why bees are so important to our farmers.

Pollinating all those plants leads to honey bees producing around 6,000 tonnes of honey a year and contributes £400 million to the economy.

A hive can contain 50,000 bees in the height of summer. These busy bees can make up to 14kg of honey in just one hive!

Get involved!

On Arla’s website, they have a range of ideas you can do to get involved including reusing their milk bottles! See how you can do your bit here: https://www.arlafoods.co.uk/sustainability/thebeeroad/

In the UK we have around 270 species of bee. 250 of those are solitary bees so they don’t have a nest or hive.

Bee hotels are a fantastic way to support solitary bee population numbers.