A Plea for the Bees: How Can a School Free Mama Save Bees?

“Sometimes the smallest things take up the most room in your heart.” Winnie the Pooh

You and Bees.

Are you a bee lover, like me? Is there a child in you who loved eating raw honey by the spoonful, an adult in you who still does, a teenager who fell in love alongside the birds and the bees, or a mama who wants fields of nectar and honey from the bee for her children, and their children’s children?

Apart from my Pooh Bear love of eating and cooking with real, raw honey, I don’t want to live in a world without the little honey bee. I just don’t. I love spring blossom, mad first love, and this beautiful blue earth – just the way it is, thank you very much. We’ve tampered with it enough. If you’ve found your way here then I kind of know that you do too.

Sometimes it feels so hopeless knowing the destruction that humans are wreaking on this planet. Animals extinct. Rainforests gone. The free, clean air corrupted. Clean water turned toxic. And little me, too small to right such massive problems.

It’s always a wrench to hear of harm to the earth. The news that bees are in decline, and their survival is in danger, hits close to home. For one thing, bees are close to home. Even if the Pyrenean ibex weren’t extinct, it wouldn’t be in my backyard. The bees are. They always have been.

That’s why this bee thing frightens me. If the environment has gotten so bad that even the survival of the little honey bee is under threat, then we really are in trouble. Like, right outside of our windows, in trouble. Our pantry empty, in trouble. This is not a hole in an ozone that this mama can’t see. This is

  • no bees,
  • no pollination,
  • no blossom,
  • no crops.
  • Lots of yummy stuff lost.

A huge human population, with not enough to eat. My children with not enough to eat, growing up without the birds and the bees.

Since this is a ‘share fresh air’ blog, I’ll let you look up the sad stuff about bees for yourself, if you wish. There is information here and awesome information here.

My Bee Mistake (the guilt!).

Do you feel overwhelmed by all this environment stuff? I do, especially as a school free mum. There’s a responsibility to lead by example versus an overwhelm if I try to do it all.

If I tell my children it’s important to save the bees then do nothing about it, they learn that it’s not important. Yet I’m with my children 24/7, doing my best as school free mum in our style of home education. I have work from home commitments, I’m a blogger too, (again), and I also need to fit in things like crusading for bees? Come ON.

The spur behind this post is that I’m pretty sure I made a bee mistake lately. We are about to sell our suburban brickie to go off grid. Late on a Sunday afternoon, we found a colony of bees trying to set up home in the grates below our lounge room window. Yes, IN the walls of the house.

We moved them on. Not with chemicals or sprays. We sprayed the water hose gently until they collectively flew away. Hopefully to a new, suitable home. My children are worried about the bees. They keep asking me this: “Where did they go?”

“Umm, I don’t know.” 

“Shouldn’t we have made sure they found a safe home?”

Yes. Absolutely. We should have. We should have lured them to a home in our yard, instead of our wall. We should have called our local council, or the folk at bee the cure to find out how to keep the bees safe whilst uninviting them from our house. We didn’t. My bad.

So, I’ve been thinking about alternative measures I might have taken, and traipsing the local neighbourhood for ideas about saving bees. 

 

Five Simple Ways to Help Save Bees.

  1. Be aware: buy real honey (real, raw honey from the bee keeper- straight from the hive, not from the supermarkets). You can find a honey map here. It gives suppliers of local honey in many parts of the world. 
  2. Move bees on without destroying them. Without spraying pesticides.
  3. Make bees a home (like this home for native bees, in our local area). In Australia, many of our native bees don’t make honey, but they still pollinate plants, so we’re still lost without them. I’m investigating setting up a similar, smaller scale invitation for native bees in our yard.
  4. Plant flowers for bees.
  5. Support the preservation of wild environments. Get out into natural environments. Let your children fall in love with the natural world. Then they’ll look after the little honey bee too.

Yes, that’s a simplistic list, but it’s a start, and if you make a start then you’re making things better not worse. That’s not nothing, that’s something. That’s one for the bees. And that makes you one rockin’ mama (or papa), right? Yes. It does.

From me and the bees. xx

The bee photograph used as the feature image for this post was taken by the Sensei Minimal team on unsplash. The bee photograph at the beginning of the post was taken by Jenna Lee. The honeycomb photograph was taken by Jez Timms. The bee on purple flower can be found on here. All other photographs are credited to me (Linda at Shells for free).

 

 

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