There are now schemes where you can own a part-share in a bee colony. One example is Adopt-a-Hive Ltd based in Oswestry in Shropshire. They aim to support bees and raise public awareness. Their membership pack includes: a bee identification guide; lists of ‘good bee plants’; a packet of wildflower seeds and lots of useful information. They also welcome members to visit the hives to learn more about the bees.
Paula runs events where you can learn more about bee-keeping, such as ‘Getting Started with Keeping Bees‘.
In recent years there have been campaigns by prominent gardeners, such as Alan Titchmarsh and Sarah Raven, encouraging people to plant wildflower meadows and nectar rich plants in order to support a wide variety of pollinating insects (“Bees, Butterflies and Blooms”, BBC2 2012). It is also important to grow a variety of different flowers that bloom at different times of the year, thus providing food across the seasons. In addition a new labelling system has been developed for use in garden centres so that buyers can easily identify plants which are ‘bee friendly’.
Other supportive organisations include:
- the British Beekeepers’ Association (BBKA)
set up in 1874 to support beekeepers and to promote public awareness
- the National Bee Unit (NBU)
which supports governmental Bee Health Programs
- the International Bee Research Association
which aims to promote the value of bees
- the Bumble Bee Conservation Trust
- The prevention of the extinction of any of the UK’s bumblebees
- A long-term future for all our bumblebees and other pollinators
- The protection, creation and restoration of flower-rich habitats
- An increase in the understanding and appreciation of bumblebees
Hopefully, with all these people and organisations working to support bees and other pollinators, these amazing insects will have a more secure future.
(This is an extract from my article which you can read in full here)
- Home Farmer magazine: October & December 2013 homefarmer.co.uk
- “Bees, Butterflies and Blooms”, BBC2 2012
My journey into working in the field of Wellbeing began when I joined an online course in Evolutionary Enlightenment. This caused me to take a hard look at my life – my career, my direction, my purpose – and question whether or not it was really right for me. The answer was No. I was lost, struggling and unhappy.
Searching for something that would resonate for me and that would support my need to grow, I started learning Reiki which, in a roundabout way, led me back to one of my passions: animals. Horses in particular hold a very special place in my heart. I love supporting owners to explore their horse’s physical and emotional needs.
I went on to study Energy Healing, Emotional Freedom Techniques and META-Health because I also love supporting other women who are experiencing similar experiences of stress and overwhelm. I love holding a safe space where they can discover that they have always had choices and the power to make their own decisions.
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