Bees are very important to Earth. By pollinating flowers, bees proved that they are of utmost importance in forwarding the life cycle of all plants.
However, electromagnetic waves, pollution, and various other human factors have disrupted the working of bees, and they have severely hindered their lifestyle. That was the situation until the pandemic brought nature back to them.
The lockdown has led to less traffic, lower pollution, and general improvement in the air quality and environment in general. The bees have seen the best effect of this lockdown, they are truly thriving this period.
According to Denrosa Apiaries, the lower levels of pollution has had a positive and healing effect on the bee colonies. Helen McGregor is a beekeeper who is always eager to save the bee community and observes all the changes in it.
“Less traffic, less pollution is bound to make a difference to the environment which of course has a positive knock-on effect for bees, says Helen;
I think people are more aware of what’s going on around them and in the countryside just now because of lockdown. Hopefully, we see these changes lasting.”
Since 1940s, beekeeping has been present in Perth and Kinross in Scotland. There were 4000 hives with approximately 50,000 bees, and the entire operation was started by Kenneth, who is the grandfather of McGregor.
Helen McGregor has noticed the improvement of the environmental conditions during the lockdown. Moreover, she has noticed the shift in culture among the locals.
She comments: “They are more aware of the nature, maybe seeing hives when they are out and about and thinking more about the food they’re eating and where it comes from. It is taking people back to their roots, making them look at what is really necessary for life and what isn’t, it’s back to a basic outlook on life.”
Denrosa Apiaries is not the only place where the thriving bee population was noticed. The thriving bee community is also having a great impact on the agriculture-based economy of the rural Scottish area. Bees are very important pollinators and they help to spread male sex cells to female counterparts for plant reproduction.
In addition, Helen mentions:
“We have hundreds of sites from down in England, and they are all the way up to Aberdeenshire, with billions of bees. Many farmers are looking for bees to help with crop pollination. There are mini hives that we use to build up bee levels and we are breeding our own queen bees.”
Beekeeping has gradually increased, and currently, there are around 100 sites spread across the United Kingdom for beekeeping. While the beekeeping industry is looking forward to good times, Helen adds:
“It is very early in our season to say what production will be like, however the bees are busy bringing back the nectar and pollen. We are at the mercy of the weather and could do with some rain since the ground is very dry.”
Let’s hope the bees come back to their form and never get diminished, even when the lockdown ends.