The honeybee is under threat, posing a catastrophe to the earth’s ecosystem and life as we know it. Without honeybee pollination, we’d lose on average 70 out of 100 crop species that feed 90% of our population.
According to the University of Reading, the honeybee population has halved in the last 20 years, with climate change and pesticides being huge contributors to their plight.. So the big question is: what is the future of our honeybee and what can be done to help?
With the decline of the honeybee a growing concern, Low Carbon launched a project in partnership with sustainability company, Plan Bee, to benefit biodiversity and to provide safe habitats for honeybees.. Together, they have installed 25 beehives on carefully selected solar parks across the UK. In total, these hives successfully house an impressive 2 million bees that also help to cultivate crops and encourage biodiversity.
Quentin Scott, Low Carbon’s Marketing Director, states: “We are committed to protecting local habitats and ecosystems on our solar farms. Encouraging biodiversity should not be a bolt on for renewable energy companies, but rather a core responsibility. Protecting bees, insects and other species is a crucial part in the fight against climate change and we look forward to continuing our work with Plan Bee in the future.” (Source)
Recently a remote monitoring system has been installed to watch over the colonies by keeping track of brood temperature, weather conditions, hive weight and humidity, making sure it’s the best environment for the bees to flourish and repopulate. These honeybees successfully produce high-quality honey, that is used to help raise awareness and continue support for renewable energy.
There are some simple actions that will help the honeybee:
- Install beehives
- Plant wildflowers and other bee-friendly plants
- Plant a mix of bee-friendly fruit and veg
- Grow plants and veg from seed
- Let your grass grow for shelter
- Use peat-free compost
- Welcome other beneficial insects into your garden
- Don’t use pesticides
Low Carbon is proud to be helping to protect the British honeybee, recognising the core importance of encouraging biodiversity and the protection of bees is essential in the fight against climate change.