Saturday, 2 March 2013
Do your bit for Bees
I stumbled onto this site here which is run by the Friends of the Earth, Do Your Bit for Bees.
Our bees are still there. I saw them hovering around a week ago despite the cold. I don't know why they are out so early as there is a shortage of flowers around, but hopefully they know what they are doing.
The thing about having a colony of bees in the chimney is that they actually don't cause any trouble. We don't have a fire in the hearth under the chimney, and when they installed the new gas fire the smoke test was unaffected. The bees aren't blocking fumes and presumably are unaffected. Obviously they do benefit from the warmth which may be drifting up there, and the fact that it is on a south facing slope. And that there is a lot of waste land around full of plants. And some gardens around here have flowers (some don't!). And there is farmland, and some attempts at woodland. There is also a lot of factory/warehouse type places that have lots of buddleia growing around the edges which are heaven for bees and butterflies. I live in a bit of a hodge podge area, and it does have its benefits.
The bees have been around for years, and have never been any bother. They have hardly been in the house over the years. They haven't stung anyone to my knowledge. They keep themselves to themselves and all is fine. I do get a bit stressed if they swarm, but that isn't common and they haven't caused any trouble then either.
I am wondering about buying some bee-friendly seeds. They can't go in the garden. Darling father has Views about what goes in the garden and while it does include some very bee friendly stuff, no-one had better mess with his roses. I could scatter them on the wasteland and hope the local starlings and sparrows don't get them, and it would make it a lot prettier. As I haven't done much to look after the bees so far perhaps I ought to make an effort.
I just wish I got some honey out of it.