Series: In a Nutshell

In a Nutshell: How do bees help us to stay alive?

“When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world” – John Muir This week, I’ve seen a number recirculated reports in the media referring to a quote attributed to Albert Einstein: “If the bee disappeared off the surface of the globe then man would only have four years left to live” – a sobering statement could not be more relevant during our current climate. While this statement may, in fact, be a touch of scare-mongering or even be a sprinkle of click-bait, there’s little doubt that across the globe, bees are dramatically declining in numbers. It’s been reported that around 40% of the US’s honey bee colonies have died, here in the UK, it’s estimated that one-third of our 250 species of British wild bees are declining, with a number of these species already extinct in certain regions across the UK.