The Buzz of Summer
The Buzz of SummerBlog /
July 19, 2018 3:50 pm
Social media is a buzz with photos of bees drinking sugar water from teaspoons, after a post on a fan page dedicated to British naturalist Sir David Attenborough drew attention to the dwindling population of bees worldwide.
Since 2013, bee populations in some parts of the world have fallen by a third, with phenomena ranging from the spread of the varroa mite to climate change identified for blame. In Australia, researchers and authorities say local bee populations remain resilient, but in Europe, Asia, North America and even New Zealand, it is a different story. In a widely-shared post on Facebook that has inspired hashtag #savethebees, the Attenborough fan page warned the disappearance of bees would spell the end of humanity within four years.
“If bees were to disappear from the face of the earth, humans would have just four years left to live. If you find a tired bee in your home, a simple solution of sugar and water will help revive an exhausted bee. Simply mix two tablespoons of white, granulated sugar with one tablespoon of water, and place on a spoon for the bee to reach.”
Corporate Social Responsibility
Typically, Corporate Social Responsibility policies include references to the local environment, the environment at large and sustainability. Having bees in the work environment help meet many of these goals by increasing local biodiversity, if you also have a few bee-friendly plants this will help too, improving sustainability by producing natural honey locally for possible use by on-site catering.
Bees mean happier staff
A recent survey by the University of Hereford on behalf of “In midtown” indicated an substantial proportion of people involved with beekeeping at work said they enjoyed coming to work more as a result of keeping bees and that these types of project boosted morale. We can tailor the level of staff involvement to suit your requirements from a fully managed hive to one managed by your staff with various levels of training or supervision in between. Whatever the arrangement there will be definite feel good factor throughout the organisation.