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We need to talk about bees…

With one-third of the world’s food production dependant on bees it is pretty clear we need to #Savethebees. That’s the message from the UN, which has declared 20 May #WorldBeeDay.

Here’s a list of suggested actions UN Environment says will help save bees and protect other pollinators:

Plant nectar-bearing flowers such as marigolds or sunflowers for decorative purposes on balconies, terraces, and gardens

Buy honey and other hive products from your nearest local beekeeper

Raise awareness among children and adolescents on the importance of bees and express your support for beekeepers

Set up a pollinator farm on your balcony, terrace, or garden

Preserve old meadows, which feature a more diverse array of flowers, and sow nectar-bearing plants

Cut grass on meadows only after the nectar-bearing plants have finished blooming

Use pesticides that do not harm bees, and spray them in windless weather, either early in the morning or late at night, when bees withdraw from blossoms

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