Bees play a crucial role in our ecosystem by supporting the growth of trees, flowers and other plants through pollination. These plants provide food and shelter for many creatures and have extremely important roles in connecting the different ecosystems.
Besides bees being pollinators and creating a healthy environment and economy, they are incredibly beautiful and so fascinating to watch.
Pesticides, climate change and loss of habitat are a few of the many causes of the bee population decline. It’s imperative for us to first recognise the importance of bees and then make changes to our daily lives in order for them to start thriving again.
Gumtree outlines why bees are crucial for our sustainable environment:
- Pollination: Bees carry pollen between plants, encouraging growth and placements of new plant seeds in different locations. Without bees or other pollinators, our plant and food resources will rapidly decline.
- Products: As we all know, bees produce delicious honey. The honey feeds bee larvae so that reproduction can happen and humans use it for a sweet treat.
- Ecosystems: Fauna and flora rely heavily on each other to survive. If one dies off, all other ecosystems are negatively affected. Bees also provide habitats for critters to live in and are a food source for animals.
- Biodiversity: Creating an environment-friendly garden encourages bees to easily make homes and have quick access to many pollinators.
- Employment: Beekeeping has become a more popular source of income for bee lovers and creates jobs for honey packers too.
Compost gardens and having a wild bee-friendly garden creates the perfect environment for healthy plants to grow and bees to continue surviving in the ecosystems around both them and us.
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