Bees are the most crucial pollinators, vital for biodiversity and crop production. Unfortunately, their populations are constantly declining in the last few decades, therefore experts are warning about the possible devastating effects.
So, they also share very important tips to teach us how to help the bees, as well as some other pollinators, therefore positively affecting the environment.
Ecologists advise us to start ‘loving weeds’ and just leave the dandelions alone this spring, to help the bees.
Jane Memmott, a professor at the Bristol University and the leader of the British Ecological Society, is pointing out that all of us need to live in harmony along with nature, and we can start by keeping our own lawns, pollinator-friendly!
She clarified that at whatever point she cuts her grass, she lives dandelions and buttercups, as ‘you can’t actually support tigers, whales, and elephants, however you truly can accomplish something for the creepy crawlies, flying creatures, and plants that are neighborhood to you.’
Consider what you’ve had for breakfast. The pumpkin seeds in your muesli, apples, whatever made the preserves on your toast, or even the espresso beans and tea leaves that make up your morning cuppa – these items depend on pollinators to endure and flourish.
She later included that the plants we decide to plant in our nurseries, on the overhang, or the yard, can influence the whole neighborhood nature.
Memmott clarified that any plant with nectar and dust parts noticeable when the petals are not pulled back can be seen and utilized by pollinators.
She is advising people to avoid planting too many pom pom-shaped flowers, which are excessively focused on the production of petals, and not enough to the production of pollen and nectar, and also adds:
Dandelions are awesome for early season pollinators. The UK has around 270 types of singular honey bee and they love dandelions.
Senior ecologist at the National Biodiversity Data Centre in Waterford, Dr. Fitz Patrick, agrees:
Dandelions are a superfood for honey bees. Letting dandelions become must not be viewed as an indication of disregard or lethargy.
We need it to be a cognizant choice of individuals to let them develop to allow hungry honey bees to benefit from them.
We have to change the observation that is so imbued in individuals that dandelions are a weed. The nearness of dandelions is essential to our wild honey bees that have such a significant job in nature.”
A queen honey bee must visit 6,000 blossoms each day when she leaves hibernation. Regardless of whether cultivators chose to permit dandelions to develop in specific regions of their nurseries or permit them to become even on one piece of grass or along the fringes or on borderlines, it would be extremely useful to wild honey bees.
Head of Horticulture at the University of Alberta Botanic Garden, Ken Willis said:
There’s beginning to be significantly greater contention that they ought to be kept due to what they can accomplish for pollinators. Environmentally they are getting significant as a nourishment hotspot for residential and wild types of honey bees, especially in late-winter since they develop unexpectedly early.
Butterflies and moths additionally feed on them as a wellspring of sugar, and a few types of feathered creatures feed on dandelion seeds.
However, note that while bumble bees worship dandelions and herd on them both in the late-winter and in the midst of lack when little else is in blossom, dandelions are just a fair nourishment source.
However they lack some of the amino acids needed to manufacture protein. Bees, just like us need a large variety of foods from many sources, in order to stay healthy.
Memmott agrees with the many studies and concludes that everyday interaction with ecology can be very beneficial. Nature will always find a way to repay the kindness we do, many times over!