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My Square Metre and Beevive – A Match Made in (bee) Heaven

For World Bee Day on May 20th, we collaborated with Beevive to plant even more wildflowers!

Beevive sells bee revival kits, a charming portable vial filled with an ambrosia® bee food syrup to feed to any exhausted bees you may come across. During our partnership with Beevive, they planted 10 wildflowers for every kit they sold, totalling 1470 wildflowers! This is enough to feed 147 bees for their entire lifetime as well as support other pollinators and wildlife. Our wildflowers also help to support soil health, promote biodiversity, and sequester carbon in the soil. 

Their bee revival kit is attached to a handy keyring making it easy to carry with you when on the go. They also come in a variety of finishes and colours and can even be customised with a short message, making them an ideal gift for bee fans and nature lovers in your life. Here are some tips on how you can offer some essential sustenance to a wild bee you find:

What to do if you see a bee on the ground

If you see a bee on the ground outside, or even on your windowsill, and they aren’t flying around, they could be cold, wet, tired or even injured. Bees do take rests and even sleep so don’t be alarmed if they don’t move much. You can carefully pick up a bee using a stick, leaf or even your sleeve, just in case they think about stinging you, and transport it to a safe place or onto some flowers that they can get some quick energy from in the form of nectar.

If there aren’t any flowers nearby, you can offer the bee some sugar water or some ambrosia® sugar solution from your Beevive kit. This solution is used by professional beekeepers and is specially formulated to be nutritious and easily absorbed by bees. You can also mix a sugar solution yourself by using regular white sugar and warm water in a 1:1 ratio. You should never feed honey to bees – honey can easily spread disease to bees who can take it back to their nest and spread it to the colony, so always stick with ambrosia® syrup or sugar water.

Hold the sugar solution very close to the bee but don’t pour it onto them, they can become very sticky indeed and even drown. If the bee is hungry, it will drink the solution with its proboscis, a tongue-like appendage that unrolls out of its mouth. They may spend a few minutes drinking, so be patient and let them drink their fill. Afterwards, make sure they are in a safe, secluded place away from roads or paths, ideally near some flowers or other plants. 

Sometimes bees aren’t hungry but they can be grounded due to getting wet, getting injured, being old, or just needing a rest. If they don’t drink the sugar solution, just set them down somewhere safe and out of the way. Damp bees will dry off easily in the sun in a dry outdoor place.

Other ways to help bees

There are lots of other ways you can support the different species of bees that help pollinate our food and take a very important place in the ecosystem – try these tips below.

Offer bees a drink of water

Bees need water too, just like all living things. You can make a bee feeder by placing a shallow dish or tray of water outside with a few stones or marbles in it, so the bees can land and drink safely without falling into the water. Place it in a secluded area that won’t get disturbed too often and make sure to top it up and clean it regularly.

Place a bee hotel in your garden

Bee hotels provide a handy home for solitary bees such as the ashy mining bee, leaf cutter bee or hairy-footed flower bee. You can make your own bee hotel, or buy one from Beevive. Hang your bee hotel outside in a spot that is sheltered from wind and rain, ideally facing south. You could secure it to a tree or another outdoor structure like a shed or garage.

Avoid using pesticides

Pesticides and other garden chemicals can kill bees and other insects – they don’t discriminate between a ‘pest’ and our essential pollinators. Avoid using pesticides, weedkillers and non-organic fertilisers and choose alternative methods like suppressing weeds with mulch, hand-weeding, and encouraging beneficial wildlife to your garden like birds and frogs to feast on garden pests like slugs and snails.

Plant some bee-friendly wildflowers 

The My Square metre wildflower meadow

All bees need nectar and pollen from flowers, and you can create a gorgeous bee-friendly wildflower patch in your garden that can provide bees and other insects with food and habitat. You can plant a small wildflower garden using a My Square Metre meadow kit, or we can plant some wildflowers for you in our wildflower meadow if you don’t have space at home.

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