Bees and other pollinating insects are essential to life as we know it. Bees are vital to both pollinate the food we need to survive and pollinate many of the trees and flowers that provide habitats for wildlife.
Pollination is crucial because many of our vegetables, fruits and the crops that feed our livestock rely on it to be fertilised, so without it, we could go hungry. Vegetables such as broccoli, asparagus and cucumber rely on the pollination of bees, as do apricots, strawberries, apples, tomatoes and almonds.
Bees and other Insects need a huge amount of energy to fly from their home to fields where they collect nectar, and polinate plants in the process. They frequently fly several miles, and need regular fuel stops en-route.
Humanity has created huge towns in their flight paths. Traditionally, gardens had plenty of nectar-producing flowers, where insects could re-fuel. Modern gardens are frequently empty of fuel-stops.
Our Response -
We need to introduce more bee-friendly plants at regular intevals around the area, which is why we our launching our brand new community project, ‘Bee Squared’.
We are distributing tiny packets of free seed across High Wycombe. There are over 2 dozen ‘collection stations’, hosted mostly by local residents, often a box by their door or gate where you can help yourself to a pack of seed. Check out this link to find one near you. Each Collection Station has a dozen or so packets, adding up to about a thousand packets across the town!
A dozen schools in High Wycombe are also giving tiny packs to their pupils, or using them in school. A list of the schools taking part is here.
Read on for more information.