The African honey bee.
Globally there’s a great loss of honeybees. That can be very detrimental to our ecosystems and also our agriculture sections. Lot of the blame has been placed on the pesticides that agriculture is using and can possibly lead to bee population declining.
So, my personal feeling is that we need to look after every bee population we can and try and have hives for wild swarms of bees to live in.
At Nsele Lodge we have two sworms of bees we are monitoring, not extracting honey from them but just leaving them to pollinate the plants and trees in our gardens and in the wild.
Because we’re trying to encourage bees to be in the garden it could become a problem in winter time when they are looking for additional food or water and you have breakfast out and they tend to gather around the Jam pots and the jugs with juice.
So what we do to try and stop them from coming to the breakfast table by supplying containers with sugar water in it and in the sugar water normally we put a cloth or sponge on it in it that they can get the water sugar there and in that way trying to stop them from getting to the breakfast table.
I think it’s very important that we should take every effort to try and protect bees. If you do have a beehive in your garden or house, that you have to remove contact one of your local farmers that have got Orchards. Many of these farmers keep bees and will come and remove the swarm for free as long as they can keep the swarm and that they can use them to pollinate the Orchards.
So, my advice is look after the bees.