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Busy Bees

by Joanne Marie Doyle

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Vital for Sustainability
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Created by Joanne Marie Doyle on 18/07/23
Why are bees so important?
Bees are the most important pollinators of crops and native plant species in Ireland. They are key to our wildlife and one of the busiest, least appreciated group of workers in our land.
What is Pollination?
Pollination is when a bee (or other insect) transfers pollen to a flower or plant which allows fertilization to take place so they can grow.

In Ireland crops including apples, strawberries, raspberries, tomatoes, peppers, courgettes and pumpkins are reliant on bees. Almost 3/4 of our wild plants rely on insect pollinators of which bees are the most important. Can you tell me what food product bees produce - here is a hint - it is sweet.
Bees in Ireland
There are 100 species of bees in Ireland.
78 solitary
21 bumble
and the honey bee

It is estimated that bees are worth €53 million to our country each year with the crops & plants they help grow through pollination. So we have a lot to thank bees for. Thanks to their hard word in pollinating we have such a wide variety of foods available to us.
Population of bees is declining? Why?
Sadly the bee population is declining for the following reasons:

- Less wildflowers
- Lack of continuity of flowers throughout the year
- Lack of nesting sites
Why it is so important that we all play our part?
As far as important species go, they are top of the list.
They are critical pollinators: they pollinate 70 of the around 100 crop species that feed 90% of the world. Honey bees are responsible for $30 billion a year in crops.
That’s only the start. We may lose all the plants that bees pollinate, all of the animals that eat those plants and so on up the food chain.
What can we do to help?
BEES NEED FLOWERS! in hedgerows, in fields, on roadsides, in gardens, anywhere!

Leave hedgerows be and plant some more

Don't mow your garden as often

Leave space for native wild flowers to grow (Bees love bluebell, dandelion and clover)

Choose plants and flowers that are nectar and pollen rich for your garden

Create nesting habitats for bees

Avoid using chemicals ( such as insecticides).

What else can we do at home or at school to help protect our bees?
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