Bee a Hero!

Our pollinators need all the help they can get, and those of us who don't have space to grow wildflowers can still make a difference.

A simple idea Nectar bottle

During the summer months, carry a small container of sugar solution (2 parts white granulated sugar dissolved in 1 part water). If you see a bee sitting somewhere other than on a flower, offer it a few drops of the nectar to help it get back on the wing.

Note: Do not feed bees honey, which may contain microorganisms that are harmful to your local bee population.

Background

In early July 2016 I saw a Facebook post encouraging people to feed exhausted bees:

Facebook post

It's easy to help, but I don't have a garden, so whenever I've come across a tired bee it has usually been on a pavement or path, and I have not had any sugar with me. I decided to find a way to carry a small amount of nectar in summer.

I looked online for small vials and bottles, and since small containers are usually sold in bulk, I bought a 10-pack of 10ml bottles so I could offer the extra bottles to bee-friendly friends. I labelled them with a Dymo label-writer. The result: Small, refillable bottles of emergency bee food, in a pocket-sized container that won't leak into pockets and bags. Should we meet during the summer months, ask me for a bottle!

Bee a Hero nectar bottles

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Bee a Hero nectar bottles