Bees are THRIVING as pollution levels drop during lockdown
Although the COVID-19 lockdown hasn’t treated us all well, it undoubtedly has many benefits for the environment. It has led to decreased pollution, less traffic, and flourishing ecosystems around the globe. And, as Metro reports, bees are also thriving in a way they haven’t in years.
As a result of the new orders, in which people are traveling less, investing their income in local stores, and not polluting the air with their cars, bee colonies are healing.
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
According to the 43-year-old beekeeper Helen McGregor, whose family owns U.K.’s largest bee farm, Denrosa Apiaries, the community has become keenly aware of the need to preserve nature. Helen shares:
“Less traffic, less pollution is bound to make a difference to the environment which of course has a positive knock-on effect for bees. Hopefully we see these changes lasting. I think people are more aware of what’s going on around them and in the countryside just now because of lockdown.”
McGregor’s family has been in the beekeeping business since the 1940s. Currently, their bee farm has 4,000 hives, each filled with 50,000 bees. What’s more, they have even produced honey for the Royal family.
While there are many environmental changes due to the present worldwide conditions, there is a clear mindset transformation among people.
“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.”
Photo by: John Campbell pic.twitter.com/LKdlCfizzO
— Terrestria: The Earth’s Brand (@TerrestriaTEB) May 16, 2020
Denrosa Apiaries isn’t the only bee farm impacted by the overall improving health of bees. The positive change is also beneficial for the agrarian economy of the rural Scottish region, as The Mind Unleashed reports.
The 43-year-old beekeeper notes:
“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.”
In the area, farmers depend on the bees to pollinate their crops. McGregor’s bee farm provides beehives to help with that. Now, it has hundreds of sites across the UK with four or five teams checking six sites daily. Helen adds:
“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.”
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
Unfortunately, the health of bee colonies has been severely threatened by climate change, diseased, parasites, and other agro-industrial chemicals. But the truth is, without bees, we wouldn’t have 70 of around 100 crop species that feed 90% of the world. This includes almonds, blueberries, watermelon, chili peppers, tomatoes, and other nutritious crops. And if this isn’t enough to convince you we need bees in our lives, honey bees are responsible for $30 billion a year in crops.
That’s why the news of bees thriving comes like a breath of fresh air for humanity. Bee the change you need to see in the world!