Welcome to Day 3 of the #30DaysWild Challenge with Essex Wildlife Trust!

So we’ve explored and created nature and today we will be nurturing it. 

As always we would love to hear your wild stories or see your wild photographs, even if they are not task related, we will select some of these to feature in the wild stories section of this blog. You can send these to us via Facebook or email.

Today’s task is:

Feed a Bee

Bee’s are an important part of our society, read on learn some fun facts about them and our tutorial for an easy bee feeder!

 Did you know?

  • The ‘honey bee’ has been around for millions of years
  • A busy bee can visit up to 2,000 flowers a day. You can help bees by planting bee-friendly flowers in your green spaces.
  • Bees need our help. Bee species are threatened by habitat loss and intensive agriculture, which has wiped out the wildflower meadows they rely on to survive.
  • Bees love lavender. This plant has purple flowers and also smells nice.
  • Honey bees have 6 legs, 2 compound eyes made up of thousands of tiny lenses (one on each side of their head), 3 simple eyes on the top of the head, 2 pairs of wings, a nectar pouch and a stomach.
  • It takes one ounce of honey to fuel a bee’s flight around the world.
  • During winter, honey bees feed on the honey they collected during the warmer months. They form a tight cluster in their hive to keep the queen and themselves warm.
  • In chilled seasons, worker bees can live for nine months. But in the summer, they rarely last longer than six weeks – they literally work themselves to death but they go to bee heaven.
  • Honey bees make out faces the same way we do. They take parts like eyebrows, lips and ears and cobble them together to make out the whole face.

How to make a bee feeder:

  1. Start with a shallow container, like the watering tray of a pot, a birdbath, an antique dish, or a shallow bucket.  This is a great chance to get creative and upcycle something you’re no longer using!
  2. Use small objects to create little perching areas for the bees. Rocks, glass marbles, or wine corks are all great options.
  3. Find a great place in your garden for the bee bath, somewhere bee-friendly where the bees will have a nice area to relax…and somewhere easy for you to access for refills.
  4. Keep the bee bath filled with water, so that the bees have a dependable drinking source.  In dry climates, consider placing it in a location that gets watered with the sprinkler system or along the watering route.

 

#STAYWILD

Today’s blog was written by S.Edwards, special thanks to SJ Photography for the beautiful bees.

 

Written by Scarlet