Bees are one of our most trusted pollinators, working hard to help produce our favourite fruits and vegetables by pollinating their flowers. Without bees and other fellow pollinators, many of the foods we love wouldn’t exist, meaning our meals, including the most important one (breakfast!), would never be the same.
Unfortunately, these little insects are facing a limited supply of food which has made their numbers decline significantly in recent years1. So, how can we help bees thrive? It turns out there are many ways to keep the buzz going.
Choose bee-friendly flowers for your garden, balcony or window sill
Bees love flowers, so if you’re wondering how to help bees, start by finding out what are the most bee-friendly flowers you can buy and look for sunny spots with easy bee access to plant them.
If you’re lucky enough to have a garden, there are many bee-approved flowers you can plant throughout the year, from rosemary and primrose in the spring to late-summer bloomers like lavender and ivy. But even if you live in a flat, there are ways to give a helping hand to the bees. Many species of sunflower are perfect for a pot or a vase you can place on a balcony or a window sill. Identify the sunniest spot and you’ve got the perfect place for a bee-friendly flower.
Not sure how to plant sunflowers? Check out our easy guide.
Plant a bee garden in your backyard
Planting flowers that bees love is a great start. But if you want to take on a bigger project to help the bees, your garden is the perfect place for a pollinator looking for food, shelter and water.
Fruit trees are a favourite for these hard-working insects, especially apple and cherry trees. And there are many vegetables such as onions or peppers whose flowers can provide the perfect meal for a bee looking for nectar or pollen. Keep the pesticides at bay, don’t remove weeds completely and make sure there is a source of water to keep bees hydrated. That’s all part of the joys of having a bee garden that’s full of colourful flowers, smells like heaven and it’s buzzing with activity all year long.
Pollinators, especially bees, are highly susceptible to products used to weed and you will need to take precautions to avoid exposing them. Any spray that lands on blooming weeds such as clover will ultimately end up in a bee’s diet.
Build a bee hotel to offer them shelter
There are many species of bees that don’t live in hives and spend most of their life looking for a safe nest. Luckily, we humans can provide them with one. Bee hotels are an amazing idea to help these solitary bees get the shelter they need. Place it in your bee garden, and you’ll help them have a comfy place to put all the pollen and nectar goodies they get from your flowers.
Share the love for bees with kids through fun crafts
One of the best things about bees is that it doesn’t take long for kids to fall in love with these amazing little creatures. They ‘wear’ cool colours, make a gentle hum kids can easily recognise, produce delicious honey, and many of them don’t even sting.
So, if you’re looking for ideas for spring and summer crafts, bees provide plenty of inspiration. We’ve rounded up some of the cutest bee crafts that kids can get involved with. From bee-painted rocks to bee-shaped bookmarks, these activities are a good way to introduce these tireless insects to the youngest in the family, while talking to them about the important jobs they do for us.
Check out our bee crafts ideas for kids, next.
We’ve partnered with the Bee Friendly Trust Charity to support bees all over the UK. Get the free Cheerios seeds, find a good place for them to grow, plant them and wait for the bees to come to collect their nectar and pollen. It’s easy and incredibly important!
- IN PERSON
For the last 15 years we’ve been working to reduce the sodium (which is the major component of salt) in our breakfast cereals across the world, because we want to keep on making them more nutritious. Achieving consistency on all products, in all countries, takes time - so some may have more sodium than others. Our aim is for all our cereals – globally – to have the same reduced levels of sodium, with a target of less than 135mg per serving in all our children’s products.
As well as being a healthy choice for people who want to reduce the amount of gluten in their diet, or have coeliac disease or a gluten intolerance, Gluten Free Corn Flakes are fortified with B-vitamins, folic acid and iron
Two things to remember: • Look for food labels where the word 'whole' appears in front of the name of the grain, like “whole wheat” or “wholemeal bread”. • For foods with more than one ingredient, make sure whole grain is listed towards the top of the ingredients list. The further up the list it is, the more whole grain has been used in the recipe. And look out for the percentage of whole grain. You should find this in the ingredients list too.
It’s too early to say. The science in this area is still emerging. There is evidence that low GI foods take longer to digest and help you feel satisfied for longer, but none that you’ll eat fewer calories at the next meal.
Because it’s industry practice to label seasonal oils (oils that aren’t consistently available across the year). In Europe it’s now mandatory to detail the types of vegetable oils used in a food product. So it’s no longer permitted to use the term “vegetable oil” on a label.