By Cora Hilts
Originally from the Maine countryside, Cora spent five years in Paris and New York City intermittently working in luxury fashion and studying Politics before ending up in London.
With the recent addition of bees to the world’s endangered species list, we decided to look into what the implications of this are and what we can all do to help.
The humble bumble bee is now an endangered species. The number of bees in the world is rapidly depleting, however in the fashion and beauty world it is an entirely different case. You can see their motif hang daintily from pieces of jewellery, embroidered on shirts and find their honey in your favourite beauty products and lip balms.
However bees do much more for us than simply inspire design and keep our lips hydrated. They are a pillar of our ecosystem-helping to pollinate flowers, support global crops and keep various all-important staples of our diet going in general. In short they aren’t just important, they are crucial.
We at REV feel very strongly that they must be protected and wanted to share some of the ways we can all pitch together to help protect these small but vital insects.
Don’t kill them!
We know it can be annoying when they buzz around your food on a summer’s evening, flying terrifyingly close and threatening to sting you but whatever you do, don’t kill them. Can you imagine not having any more coffee or avocados? These are just two of the crops we would lose completely without bees to pollenate them, so everyone should start making a concerted effort to protect the humble bumble!
Bees aren’t fussy and will call most flourishing window boxes and outdoor office pots home so plant whatever you want. This doesn’t seem like much but it will help to support the wider network of bees and help them adapt to towns and cities. With an increase in urbanisation and nearly fifty percent of the global population now living in either a town or city, we need to inundate concrete environments with pockets of soil, vegetation and open space for bees’ survival. Not only that, it’s something that will add cheer to your own home as well as providing sanctuary for our endangered friends. Bees are particular fans of crocuses and grape hyacinths, but local plants and seasonal varieties also help to increase their numbers so get planting!
Buy local, raw honey.
Not only is raw honey delicious and versatile in so many ways, buying it and eating it will also help to support the dwindling number of our local bee communities. It also helps boost your own immune system and is a natural allergen so it’s a win-win for everyone!
Support your local bee keepers.
You can also support those that put themselves on the line everyday to help save our bees. Buy your local honey directly from them and help keep them in business.
Give the bees a drink.
As odd as it may sound, bees get as thirsty as we would working hard out in the sun all day during summer and trying to protect themselves against the cold all day in the winter. Leaving small dishes of water in your garden will provide them with some much needed rehydration and help to promote the community of these busy workers.
Adopt a hive.
We have adopted one here at Rêve En Vert and for as little as £30 a year, you can help by donating to honey bee research to ensure we also continue to learn as much as we can about these all important insects. You can choose your location and help by becoming what we like to consider an arm-chair bee keeper! Find out more at The British Beekeepers Association.
In addition, you can also find out more at the Bumblebee Conservation Trust. The trust has initiatives covering several topographies and species of bees. By donating you will also be helping to support population monitoring, habitat conservation and the bee community’s sustenance.
We hope this has inspired you to start thinking about what you can do to help ensure we don’t lose these small but vital insects!