Can you help get Britain buzzing again?

Posted in: Green living

Posted on: 07.12.2016

Did you know that one third of the food we eat would not be available if not for bees? And that more than a billion jobs depend on these friendly pollinators?

Bees pollinate 75% of humans’ food crops worldwide. Without bees, it would cost UK farmers a whopping £1.8 billion a year to pollinate their crops.

But sadly, due to a combination of factors including climate change, loss of habitat and pesticides, bee populations have been declining at alarming rates in recent years.

 

  • Great British Bee Count 2016

In order to help raise awareness of the importance of bees, every year Friends of the Earth holds an annual Great British Bee Count

This year, an incredible 383,759 bees were spotted and identified by over 15,000 people across the UK.

 

There were some really positive results with 56% of participants seeing three or more different types of bee – that’s an increase of 14% on last year.

However, despite these encouraging results, our pollinator’s still badly need our help to reverse their decline.

 

  • Enhancing wildlife at Good Energy

At Good Energy, whenever we develop a new solar or wind farm, we always consider how the development will affect the surrounding wildlife.

Our Renewables Development Charter states that around all of our solar and wind farms, we will look to develop biodiversity plans to create, enhance and improve habitats, rather than damage them.

Our Crossroads solar farm, near Alderholt in Dorset, is a fantastic example of the positive influence that responsible development of renewable energy can have on biodiversity and wildlife.

  • Wildlife at Crossroads

As part of the environmental plan at Crossroads we planted a wildflower meadow. This activity provides new habitat for ground nesting birds and food for pollinating insects – such as bees.

To date we have also planted a small woodland, grazed sheep around the site and installed beehives that are tended by local beekeeper Phil Harvey.

Phil chose to house his hives at Crossroads because it is a perfect site for bees – close to woodland, away from arable farming (and the impact of pesticides) and the host for extensive wildflower meadows.

Being close to the village of Alderholt is also a benefit; urban areas are surprisingly good habitats for bees due to the prevalence of gardens with flowerbeds, trees and hedgerows.  

 

  • What can I do for bees?

Wherever you live, whatever the time of year, there are plenty of ways you can help our furry companions.  

Friends of the Earth offer lots of useful tips on their website along with a Christmas Bee Saver Kit.

Together we can get Britain buzzing again!

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