BEES FOR WELLBEEEING
Jean Vernon is a bee champion and spends her days writing articles about bees and searching for bees in nature.
The sound of the bees emerging in spring lifts my spirits. Maybe it’s the frequency of the sound, or perhaps it takes me back to beautiful sunny summer days, surrounded by plants and flowers with the bees buzzing around me. But I love that buzz.
Being passionate about plants, nature, wildlife, gardens, pollinators or finding whatever it is that gets you outside is so important. Find your guilty pleasure, but please drop the guilt. Time spent doing something you love is extremely valuable and very important for your wellbeing. Make time to do it, no excuses, even if it’s just for a few minutes a day. Spring is coming, the days are getting longer and the bees are stirring. I’m buzzing with anticipation.
Ways to appreciate Wild Bees
You don’t need to be a beekeeper to appreciate the bees. Instead start to notice the wild bees. There are 24 bumblebee species and 250 solitary bee species in the British Isles. These unsung heroes help your garden plants make nuts, fruit, seeds and pods and are part of the intricate and entangled web of nature.
Make your own Pokémon game and look for different bees.
Focus on their activity; it’s like a guided meditation through the garden.
Garden plants need bees (and other pollinators) to set seed and they attract them by offering a sweet treat of nectar, a bit like a bee-pub where the bees can get a packet of pollen and a pint of nectar.
Tune in to the buzz, it is simply mesmerizing. Notice the different sounds.
If you plant for bees and then seeing the bees visiting and feeding from your flowers induces a real sense of achievement and literally gives you a buzz. It also shows that your garden is a bee-approved nature reserve, a place that the bees perceive as safe and worth visiting for food. So that’s another buzz point.
Our gardens can be places where bees nest. If a bumblebee queen chooses your plot to start a colony then you’ve really achieved the gold standard. Now you can watch the nest build up and the workers forage in your garden to help raise the new queen bees. That is a huge privilege.
Bees nest all around our gardens; in sandy sunny banks, close mown lawns and those little houses for solitary bees. It’s a great way to while away some hours watching a leaf-cutter bee bringing leaf sections back to line her nest. Start watching the bees it’s better than a soap opera.
I could write a book about bees. In fact I have.
The Secret Lives of Garden Bees.
If you’d like to learn more about bees, or read a few book reviews or buy a signed copy of my bee book, then check out my website: www.addictedtobees.com