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World Bee Day 2024

World Bee Day - 20th May 2024

May 20th has been designated World Bee Day by the United Nations and marks the birthdate of Anton Janša, the pioneer of beekeeping, who was born in 1734. The purpose of the international day is to acknowledge the role of bees and other pollinators in our ecosystem, with the aim of raising public awareness and attention around the world.

Nature and wildlife are a constant inspiration for my artwork and, as such, I am passionate about raising awareness. I keep an eye out for "notable days" such as these as an opportunity to research and share what I learn. The sources for this blog are listed at the end, with links, if you want to learn more.

Bee Conservation

Bees are under threat. Present species extinction rates are 100 to 1,000 times higher than normal due to human impacts. The main reasons for their decline are due to intensive farming, loss of natural habitats, and the use of damaging chemicals.

Individually and collectively we need to act now to protect these primary pollinators that play a crucial role in the survival of our ecosystems and food security. The good news is there is a lot we can do to help, including making your garden or outdoor space a haven for bees.

Helping Our Bees

Make use of wildlife garden ideas and leave part of your garden to rewild by allowing grass and weeds to grow to encourage more bees. Try to plant a variety of flowers to provide blossom all year round and leave out water, or sugared water, out for bees to drink and feed. You could even consider making a bee hotel! A quick search of the web is all it takes to quickly reveals lots of ideas to take care of these critically important pollinators.

The theme for World Bee Day 2024 is "Bee engaged with youth" recognising of the pivotal role that our youngsters can play in addressing challenges bees and other pollinators are facing, recognizing them as the future stewards of our environment. So, if you do one thing today, please share this message with your children or younger relatives and friends. Getting them involved in making your spaces more bee friendly is a great way to engage and inspire them too!   

🐝💛My A4 Limited Edition digital Bee Prints are perfect for sharing today 💛🐝💛

Just £20 including UK postage, these are the perfect way to add a splash of colour to any room and remind you on a daily basis to do your bit for the bees.

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