remember, remember, …the bees
As part of my birthday treat, I purchased the 45th copy of AFH’s poetry book ‘Of birds and bees’. The book is beautifully illustrated by Jo Thomas. The first line I read was Jo’s introduction to the Bee illustrations:
“In spring 2007 walking, a bee fell, in front of me, on the pavement, dead. I picked it up and drew it. Since then I have continued to collect and draw found and gifted dead bees.”
I’ve not yet seen a dead bee. This summer some beautiful large fluffy bees tended the tea roses at the Wendy house. This may become a treasure of the past as I learn to collect dead bees as memories. At 1pm today the British Bee Keepers Association (BBKA) is coordinating a demonstration In London, Whitehall outside Westminster palace and delivering a petition to Downing street (Prime Minister’s residence). Guidance provided by the BBKA to potential demonstrators includes:
You need to look your best as you may well be on TV! An umbrella probably makes sense too.
They are demonstrating to raise awareness of the impact of the the lack of government funding provided to avert an impending ecological disaster that has clear financial, agricultural implications. According to the Guardian:
Beekeepers have warned that most of the country’s honey bees could be wiped out by disease in 10 years unless an urgent research programme is launched to find new treatments and drugs…
….the Department for Farming, Environment and Rural Affairs revealed that bees contribute £165m a year to the economy through their pollination of fruit trees, field beans and other crops. In addition, the 5,000 tonnes of British honey sold in UK stores generates a further £12m