by Conscious Reminder
Bees are extremely important to our world. By pollinating flowers, bees have proven themselves to be of utmost importance in forwarding the life cycle of plants.
However, pollution, electromagnetic waves, and many other human factors have disrupted the working of bees, and have severely hampered their lifestyle. That is until the pandemic brought nature back to them.
The lockdown has led to lower pollution, less traffic, and a general improvement in the air quality and environment overall. Bees have seen the best effect of this lockdown, they are truly thriving now.
As per Denrosa Apiaries, the lower levels of pollution has had a healing effect on the bee colonies. Helen McGregor is a beekeeper who is always keen to save the bee community and observes any changes in it.
According to her: “Less traffic, less pollution is bound to make a difference to the environment which of course has a positive knock-on effect for bees.
I think people are more aware of what’s going on around them and in the countryside just now because of lockdown. Hopefully, we see these changes lasting.”
I took these on 4/11, but our honey bees are THRIVING rn. These little creatures are so sensitive to everything but in the middle of a pandemic ours have been doing better than they ever have in the past 8 years. #SavetheBees bc we’d be in worse shape than we are now w/o them. pic.twitter.com/62s0IEyKq9
— Hannah (@gracehannah317) May 13, 2020
From the 1940s, beekeeping has been present in Kinross and Perth in Scotland. There were 4000 hives with around 50,000 bees, and the entire operation was started by Kenneth, the grandfather of McGregor.
Helen has noticed the improvement of the environmental conditions during this lockdown. She has also noticed the shift in culture among the local people.
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She mentioned: “They are more aware of nature, maybe seeing hives when they are out and about and thinking more about the food they are eating and where it comes from. It’s taking people back to their roots, making them look at what’s necessary for life and what’s not, it’s back to a basic outlook on life.”
Denrosa Apiaries is not the only place where the thriving bee population has been noticed. The thriving bee community is also having a great impact on the agriculture-based economy of the rural Scottish area. Bees are important pollinators and help to spread male sex cells to female counterparts for plant reproduction.
Great news! We are now hosting 100,000 bees on our farm to pollinate our honeyberry crop, oil seed rape & more thanks to our new collaboration with @calluna4u of Denrosa Apiaries 🐝 🌼 #naturalfarming #sustainablefarming #bees #workingwithnature @nffnuk pic.twitter.com/AhR8Yimxks
— Lunan Bay Farm (@LunanBayFarm) April 18, 2020
“We have hundreds of sites from down in England, all the way up to Aberdeenshire, with billions of bees. A lot of farmers are looking for bees to help with crop pollination. We have mini hives which we use to build up bee levels and we breed our own queen bees.”
Beekeeping has gradually increased, and now, there are around 100 sites spread across the UK for beekeeping. While the beekeeping industry is looking forward to good times, Helen says:
“It’s very early in our season to say what production is going to be like but the bees are busy bringing back nectar and pollen. We are at the mercy of the weather and could do with some rain as the ground is very dry.”
Let’s hope the bees get back to their form and never get diminished, even after the lockdown ends.
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