Our Alderney Bees edition features beautifully detailed artwork
depicting a variety of bee species pictured within Alderney settings.
A hint at the bee's habits is often given by its 'common name' and this
is demonstrated well in a number of the bees featured in this issue.
We are thankful to these tiny insects; as bees pollination is
vital to our food chairn, one third of the food we eat would be ot be
available but for bees.
The decline in bee numbers is largely due to loss of wild habitats,
intensive farmiing and overuse of pesticides and herbicides. The simple
truth is that bees need flowers, and there are very few flowers to be
found in the farmed countryside these days.
All is not lost though, farmers can join environmental schemes
and plant bee-friendly 'pollen and nectar' strips alongside hedgerows
and we all have an individual role to play too - by planting the right
flowers, our gardens could do a huge amount to help restore bees' lost
So id we want to continue eating the same foods that we have known for
generations then we need to give more thought to the role that bees play
in the food chain.