How can you help?
Pollinators need help, but we know how to help them! Scientists and research partners that have been studying pollinators for over three decades have been able to show that conservation techniques work. If everyone – home-owners, local governments, national governments, and private industry – made the effort we could change the future for pollinators and secure our own.
1. Make some room for pollinators
Home gardens can and do attract pollinators , and in many cases suburbs and cities have been shown to have more diverse pollinator communities than nearby wildlands. Pollinators don’t seem to be phased by city life, as long as there are plots and patches of flowers they will be visited by hungry bees. Pollinator gardening near community gardens also increases urban agricultural yields . If you build it, they will come and help you get bigger and better crops too!
2. Plant the right plants
It is more than important, if you want to provide, good healthy food for the pollinators, to be choosing the right plants.
This is a list of bee friendly plants that are rich in nectar and pollen and provide food for the bees from Spring to Autumn.
List of Bee Friendly plants for the area Greece:
Be careful, if you buy seeds or plants for the bees, it is important that they are organic and not treated with pesticides at any point. Choose native wildflowers of the area, in order to help the local native bees survive!
3. Go organic
The pesticides used in non-organic farming can be lethal to pollinating bees. Organic farming, on the other hand, avoids the use of these pesticides , as well as artificial fertilisers. This provides a rich environment for bees to thrive, with a wider variety of plant life, which further supports other wildlife such as birds. Ban pesticides from your nutrition and this will benefit both you and the bees! Avoid buying processed fruit and vegetables, in plastic packaging and try to learn more about where your food came from and how it was produced, if you want to help bees survive.
Bee-killing chemicals are not only found in industrial practices, but also in many household insecticides too. Make sure to use only certified organic seeds, weed-killers and insect repellents or, better yet, make your own.
4. Make your own pollinator hotel
Bee houses only provide nesting sites for a small number of bee species, but it is interesting and educational to watch bees using them. They will provide nesting habitats for the female mason and leafcutter bees to place their eggs, that will hatch next spring.
Solitary bees are harmless and not aggressive. They rarely if ever sting unless trodden on or squashed between your fingers. They do not have painful stings like honeybees. In most cases if they attempt to sting, you will not even feel it. They do not live in hives, make honey, build honeycombs, or swarm.
5. Become a volunteer
Conservation activities can be both worthwhile and fulfilling. Why not consider becoming a volunteer of The Bee Camp and help restore habitats in the city for the bees. Learn what you can do to help and educate people about bees and why they matter.