This piece from FOE is both good and disturbing and, for me, the loss of habitat is as bad as the pesticides. People do not understand that their own actions – putting a concrete drive at their house house, perhaps even getting an allotment, having a better pavement for the school walk, a new road to help congestion, a farmer turning a field from pasture to arable – all steal habitat from wildlife, plants and so insects and bees, then birds, then animals!
We have to change our thinking and then our way of life …
Why are the bees disappearing?
There are two key factors in the decline of bee populations: loss of habitat and the intensive use of pesticides. In the past 60 years, we’ve lost 97% of our wildflower meadows. Add to this the loss of much of our natural hedgerow and woodland thanks to modern farming methods, and you leave the bees without flowers to forage or safe nesting sites. Our bees are hungry, homeless and dying.
Then there’s the hotly debated issue of pesticides used in farming. In 2013, a two-year restriction was put on the use of three neonicotinoid pesticides by the EU, after they were found to present a high risk to bees. The pesticides industry has been fighting the ban ever since and, as a result, a growing number of studies have been carried out that show that these pesticides do harm bees.
I just found this Facebook page for the Lancaster Beekeepers and liked it :-). they have some fab pix there, inspiring me for how I want my garden to look next year. Lots of hard work in the meantime :-).
Biodynamics has always known the vital importance of bees and I try to make my garden as bee friendly – indeed wildlife – friendly as possible. The Bumblebee Conservation Trust comes out with some excellent little tips about flowers for … Continue reading →
Poole Cottage, Coppett Hil, Herefordshire,HR9 6JH Poole Cottage: created from scratch over the past 4 years, this 2 acre hillside garden has a predominately naturalistic style with many grasses and later flowering perennials. Home to designer Jo Ward-Ellison, the garden … Continue reading →
Excellent piece … Gardening for Bats Garden (A Youngman)Many people enjoy spending long summer evenings sitting in their gardens, watching as daylight turns to dusk and bats begin to fill the night sky. These small and fascinating creatures often live … Continue reading →
I really enjoy this article by Maddy Harland, editor of Permaculture Magazine. Our garden is something similar as i too love the riotous colour rather than the wretched serried rows of plants standing to attention in lonely isolation from their … Continue reading →
My! April is a busy month … and here’s me going off o holiday wildcamping on Dartmoor and Exmoor for a week, leaving Paul in charge! I especially Jo’s advice with regard to climbing roses and how to get more … Continue reading →
Good tips on plants to grow for moths … Butterfly Conservation – Dig It – April Tips From The Secret Gardener You need to do some work in the garden soon if you want to take part in Moth Night … Continue reading →
Bees, as many of us know, are just so vital to our continued existence ono Planet Earth. And they need our help. For at least 100 years we’ve done our worst to remove their habitat, working under the illusion that … Continue reading →