It's a well-known fact that many bees are in trouble. If all the bees die, it's estimated that humanity will almost certainly die with them. This is a pretty scary fact. Bees and other key insects pollinate 70% of the fruit and vegetables we eat as well as key grazing plants for farm animals. The over-use of indiscriminate pesticides and the removal of native meadows and ancient woodlands have all pushed our wild native bee populations close to breaking point.
Our mission at Bee Good is to support initiatives that educate and encourage people to do everything they can to help the bees not just survive but to thrive. We use honey, propolis and beeswax from our own hives and from our network of bee farmers to help sustain their businesses and care for their bees. We use bee-friendly crops and wild flower extracts to encourage the production of much needed food sources and forage for the bees. We send out wildflower seed balls with all our orders to help our customers plant bee-friendly wildflowers. Simon our founder, writes articles and lectures on bees and beekeeping all over the UK. This year we will also announce a new program called "Bees go to school" where we will sponsor solitary bee hives for schools.
Here in the UK we have around 270 species of bees, just under 250 of which are Solitary bees.These are incredibly efficient pollinators that are critical to the success of many key food crops. In addition, we have around 24 species of Bumblebees some of which are specialist feeders dependant on a small range of native wildflowers as their main food source. The European Honeybee is the only bee native to the UK that lives in large colonies of between 10,000 - 80,000 individuals and produces the harvestable honey, beeswax and propolis used in the Bee Good product range.
Whilst wild Honeybee colonies are relatively rare due to lack of habitat, their numbers in the UK are being helped by the growing number of around 27,000 amateur beekeepers supplemented by around about 300 professional bee farmers some of which also supply Bee Good.
Since 1900, the UK has lost 13 species of solitary and bumblebees, and a further 35 are considered under threat of extinction. Across Europe nearly 1 in 10 wild bee species face extinction. The main reasons for the decline of our bees are a combination of industrial agriculture, parasites/pathogens and climate change. The loss of biodiversity, destruction of habitat and lack of forage due to monocultures and bee-killing pesticides are particular threats for bees and other wild pollinators.
Our founders, Simon & Caroline have been active beekeepers for many years before starting Bee Good and still keep a number of hives in and around their home in Hampshire. The Bee Good apiary is located within a 12 acre Victorian apple orchard, surrounded by hedgerows and fields. Simon regular writes articles for the Bee Good Blog so you can follow the progress of our bees through the seasons.