Keep Bradford Pollinated2018-10-22T19:13:46+00:00


The campaign is running over the few weeks commencing 22nd October 2018, where it's an excellent time of year to plant wildflower seeds. We also encourage the greater community to do the same, as it's important to keep replacing our lost of habitat. As it's believed to be a key factor in the decline of pollinating insects, bees included. Bees are prolific pollinators and are responsible for large amounts of the food we eat. For example, out of a hundred crop species bees pollinate around 70 of these which feeds around 87% of the world population. Bees are of course not just important for the food we eat, In addition, bees pollinate the flowers of many plants which become part of feed for farm animals, feed for other insects which builds the food chain. Or just our simple flowers in our garden which we marvel at for pleasure. Can you imagine a world without bees?

That's why we are encouraging the general public to do the same, join us in our week of planting wildflower seeds. Go online or go into your local garden centre and pick up a packet of bee friendly wildflower seed. This small gesture will go along way in helping our pollinators survive and thrive.

This is endorsed by the BBKA which represents more than 25,000 beekeepers, who are also asking the public to make sure they plant for pollinators.

This will enhance the forage-able areas by bees and other pollinators, will contribute to helping our bees survive during these difficult times. It has been well publicised that British bees are in decline and we must do everything possible to help them survive and thrive. The pollen which they collect is a vital protein source which they use to raise their young and making their colonies strong. Bees in the British Isles have been struggling from various diseases and parasites, plus with the added threat of the Asian Hornet coming to our shores, our bees face a hard struggle to survive.

The BdBKA has being working with various community / conservation groups and related organisations within the Bradford region. Who have been very supportive in our 'Keep Bradford Pollinated!' campaign, by planting wild flower seeds supplied from the British Beekeepers Association (BBKA). BdBKA obtained wild flower seeds from the BBKA who secured 1000 kg of flower seeds to distribute to its members at its annual convention in Shropshire. Theses seeds were donated by Burts Bees, as part of its ‘BringBackTheBees’ campaign, approximately 192 million seeds have been specially selected to provide a pollen and nectar-rich diet for honeybees and other pollinators and comprise a wide mix of 26 different, predominantly wildflower varieties.

Newly elected chairman of Bradford Beekeepers Association Wendy Clegg Said “We do need the public support on this very important issue, as bees and other pollinators are under threat.

Other organisations such as 'Friends Of The Earth' are also highlighting the plight of the bees with their national campaign, together with the continued campaigns from the British Beekeepers Association. We (BdBKA) are looking at this on a more local level and what we can do locally to bring change to our environment. Its fantastic as a local association we are able to work with other like-minded organisations, to have a positive impact on our ecology. That's why this week we have launched our 'Keep Bradford Pollinated!' Campaign. In the next few months we'll also be launching Friends of Bradford Beekeepers, this is where members of the public can help us to improve the plight of the bees and other pollinators on a more local level. We'll also teach members a few things about bees at the same time, so come and join us.”

Bill Cadmore BdBKA Training Officer Said” It's a tough life being a bee, if it's not a confusing winter for them with the Beast From The East, causing bee colony losses. It's the incredibly dry scorcher of a summer, which dried up all the forage for the bees. This has had an impact on honey production which honeybees rely on to get them through the winter and colony development. So it's vitally important we get them off to a good start in years to come.”

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