The Importance of Bees & Beekeeping: Why The World Needs Bees

You’ve probably already noticed that we love our bees here at Chain Bridge Honey! But the incredible products they create, from propolis that works wonders for natural healing to the delicious honey that we all know and love, is just the tip of the ice-berg.

Bees are essential for human life on this planet, but the sad and scary truth is that they are rapidly dying out. To help protect and save these wonderful creatures and to preserve our own way of life too, it is of the utmost importance that we all educate ourselves and others on what it is exactly that makes bees so amazing and so integral for life.

Why The World Needs Bees

There are more than 20,000 species of bees in the world today, indigenous to different areas all over the planet. In the UK alone, there are several hundred types that separate into two different categories: Social and Solitary. All of these types of bees offer their own unique contribution to planet earth.

All bees are pollinators and pollinators are essential for crops, from fruit and veg to coffee and tea, to be able to thrive. There is a famous quote from Albert Einstein “If the bee disappeared off the surface of the globe then man would only have four years left to live” and this might be quite true: An incredible 84% of crops grown for human consumption today rely on bees and a select few other insects to pollinate them to increase their yields and quality – that is an absolutely huge amount of food, that we survive off of, that depends on the existence of bees.

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Does Beekeeping Help?

We are proud to say that Chain Bridge Honey has a whopping 1,800 hives throughout the Northumberland and Scottish Borders, from which we make all of our lovely products. Beekeeping is a great way to help boost the bee population, when done right, and it’s also a great hobby!

Keeping bees helps to strengthen the gene pool by adding healthy bees back into the population. Not only that, but just two hives can pollinate an entire mid-sized garden for thriving plants!

If you’re keen to try your hand at beekeeping, be sure to join a local beekeepers’ association first, so that you can learn all about how to keep your colonies alive and well.

Fascinating Bee Facts & Myth Busters

As you can probably guess, we love bees here at Chain Bridge Honey! These clever little creatures, that are so integral to human life, are really pretty amazing, so today we’re going to look at some fascinating bee facts to get you clued up.

Aside from having the ability to create multiple products that we can then carefully harvest and use to create our products, there are many other bee facts that make life inside the colonies something really special.

Fascinating Bee Facts

Honey!

 

It’s common knowledge that honey bees are experts at making…yup, you guessed it – honey! But did you know that we’re not the only ones who enjoy eating it and that the reason bees actually make honey is to feed themselves? Fortunately, our little buzzy friends are so efficient that they usual make 2-3 times the amount than they actually need, meaning that we can take our lot without affecting their way of life

 

IMPORTANT FACT

 

Although honey is the ideal nutrition for bees, high in nutrients and energy, bees can only eat the honey that they make themselves and eating honey from another hive is deadly so please don’t feed bees honey!

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Bees Communicate

 

One of the most fun bee facts is that It is true that bees can ‘talk’ to each other, in the form of dance! To be able to collect the most pollen possible and make the most honey, bees need to work together and to do this, they need to communicate about where the best pollen and food sources are.

If you were to look inside a hive and watch as bees return, you would see them doing a waggling dance, kind of in a figure of eight, which is how they direct their co-workers and impart information.

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Bees Are Your Friends

 

If we can get across one thing about bees in our list of bee facts, it’s that they are so important to our own wellbeing, due to their incredible ability to pollinate flowers, fruits and vegetables. If it wasn’t for bees transferring pollen, our crops and plants would die.

If you want a happy garden, attracting bees is the best thing you can do! Bees love purple and blue flowers that are rich in nectar, so plant some lavender and bluebells and watch these fabulous bugs go to work!

You can also help to support bees by buying from small, local suppliers, like us! Our beekeepers are highly skilled and go to great efforts to take care of our honey bees, unlike many mass producing brands.

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A Bee’s Flight

 

Although honey bees don’t live very long (around 5 or 6 weeks for a worker bee) and manage to make around 1/12th of a teaspoon of honey in this time, they are extraordinarily hard workers and a hive will collectively fly around 90,000 miles (which is equal to THREE orbits of the earth!) in order to collect 1kg of honey. Incredible!