The global shortage of bees has raised a cause for concern with many, including environmentalists and farmers alike.
Contributing factors as to why this is a concern is due to the bee’s job as a pollinator to, not only flowers and plants, but also the fruit and vegetables we eat.
In fact, one third of all the crops we consume are pollinated by bees and other insects, and up to 90% of all wild plants exist down to the work carried out by bees and other pollinators.
It is thought that bees pollinate 70 different types of crop and when doing so, contribute a whopping £400 million to the economy.
Not only that, but bees produce their own honey, in which the honey bee makes 6,000 tonnes of, as well as their own beeswax.
Due to the bee’s beneficial factors, people have been striving to conserve and protect the bees so they can continue with their useful and crucial work.
One local project based in Bournemouth is Transition Bournemouth, they run many different projects, all endorsing a more sustainable way of life.
It is a hot-spot for sustainable projects including, growing fruit and vegetables, planting flowers and trees, and the conservation of wildlife.
With an array of activities suitable for everyone of all ages at the farm, it has a lot to offer as a project run by, and for the community.
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