The Vibrant Verge & Bees
The honeybee lives in a group: a colony with one queen. The colony is kept by a beekeeper in a hive.
Depending on the flower supply and the time of day, the bees visit a flower type together. This makes them pollinators par excellence. No less than 70 percent of our vegetables are pollinated by honey bees. The economic value of this is more than 100 billion pounds worldwide!
Wild bees live solitary. They have different, often specific requirements for their environment. Of the more than 250 bee species in Great Britain, half are now threatened with their survival. If we want to do something for wild bees, we will have to look for the right food plants, nesting places and building material. These requirements differ per species. Wild bees have a much smaller action radius than honey bees. They therefore benefit from small-scale biotopes. Installing a bee hotel can help, but not for all species. Only 15 percent use it. If we want to do something for wild bees or other insect groups, it is good to know where the opportunities lie and for which species we can make a targeted contribution. That is why the Vibrant Verge works together with, the Dutch Butterfly Foundation, Buglife and beekeepers' associations with expertise in this area. This way we are able to look together for sustainable and successful solutions.