The Flight of The Bumblebee
I love bees! Not just because they make delicious honey – I do enjoy honey on my toast most days. But because they are integral to the ecosystem as we know it. I know I shouldn’t believe everything I see in animated films, but I do believe that the flight of the bumblebee is integral to our world. If you haven’t seen the bee movie, you should check it out. It will make you love these little fuzzy fellows a little more.
Taylors of Harrogate commissions a public poll around the perceptions of bee populations in the UK and surprisingly 75% of the British public expected to see bees native in rural Great Britain. That’s not actually the case. There are in fact on average 9.3 species per square KM in urban areas, compared to 7.3 in farmland. So it’s really important to provide flowers in urban areas to make sure these bees all the flora they need. The reason behind the poll is because 50% of the British public are not aware of the job the bumblebee does when it comes to flavouring fruit and herbal teas.
A bee hotel has been set up to encourage these wonder beasts to flourish. The hotel is furnished with all things bees love. A Rose Lemonade restaurant, a sugar water bath and ultraviolet patterns are all held within the balsa wood structure.
Taylors of Harrogate hope that by opening the bee hotel, it will raise awareness of the important job that they do. Many fruits, including cherries and apples depend on pollination by insects, like bees. They hope to encourage others to set up their own bee hotels to help this important specie thrive.
Here’s a great little video about the amazing bee hotel.
You can also find out more about opening your own bee hotel at bees.taylorstea.co.uk and you too can be dancing to the flight of the bumblebee!
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