Don't Step on a Bee Day!
As a consumer of natural resources, W.E believe that we have a vital role to play and have a duty of care to our environment. As we rely on bees to pollinate many of our botanicals, our Warner Edwards Honeybee Gin is a celebration of the vital role pollinators serve to provide us with the food and drink we put on our tables.
As many will already know, we have seen a significant decline in pollinators over the last 50 years and there will be negative impacts on our food security if we do nothing to slow or reverse this trend.
In support of Don't Step on a Bee Day, we have included some ways that we can all help our bees:
- Plant wildflower seeds - every bottle of our Warner Edwards Honeybee Gin comes with a packet of Wildflower seeds for you to plant at home. Wildflower seeds provide forage for Honeybees, Bumble Bees and Solitary Bees. Did you know we have lost 97% of our flower rich meadows in the last 100 years?
- Build a bee hotel/bumblebee home - many bees look for suitable nesting tubes for rearing brood. We can help by providing more nesting places by creating a home for nature, thereby improving the success rates of our pollinator reproduction, and a bee hotel is the perfect place! An alternative to a bee hotel is a bumblebee home, click here to watch an easy guide to making your own at home in your garden.
- Leave a water source for bees - during the summer, bees (and other wildlife) will be grateful for any water sources available to keep them hydrated, damp ground or sloping gravel into water provides a great opportunity to have a drink without drowning.
- Did you know that the majority of the honey in the UK is imported? Support your local beekeepers by purchasing honey from your local farm shop or deli.
- Don't step on a bee - not all bees sting you know! Did you know that solitary bees are the only bees that you can legally keep on allotments because they don't sting and are excellent pollinators?