Guest post by Low Carbon
The plight of the honeybee is a rapidly growing concern for scientists, posing threats to our ecosystem and life as we know it. The question is, what is the future of honeybees? And how can we help them?
Honeybees are the only insects on the entire planet that can make food that we can eat. But, it’s not only honey that we’d miss if bees no longer inhabited our world; we would lose around 70 out of 100 crop species that feed 90% of the world’s population, through lack of pollination.
Research conducted by the University of Reading has found that the honeybee population has halved in the UK over the last two decades, with climate change, mites and pesticides being contributing factors. So what can be done?
Through taking small or large, measurable steps, individuals and businesses are working to protect the honeybee population – making conservational actions like planting wildflowers and installing beehives. Here are some ways you can help too.
Plan Bee, an organisation offering beehive adoption, management and educational services, works with high-profile businesses across the UK, supporting their sustainability needs. Plan Bee have teamed up with Low Carbon, an investment company devoted to the development and operation of renewable energy power production. Low Carbon, who commissioned its first solar photovoltaic (PV) energy parks in 2011, have since championed biodiversity as a critical milestone on the journey towards a low-carbon future.
Together, Low Carbon and Plan Bee are supporting the cause and have installed 25 beehives on five of its solar farms across Cornwall, Dorset and Suffolk, in order to support greater biodiversity and, most importantly, to boost the local bee population. Each site hosts over 300,000 bees to help cultivate local crops and encourage biodiversity.
“We’re delighted to be working with a prestigious renewable energy company like Low Carbon, who share our vision on biodiversity and sustainability. They’re playing a part in supporting the local communities in which they work. Like the bee community they are working together for the betterment of the collective.” says Warren Bader, Plan Bee Ltd’s CEO.(Source)
A remote monitoring system keeps tabs on each bee colony by measuring parameters such as the brood temperature, humidity, hive weight and weather conditions. Each hive aims to encourage honeybees to thrive and repopulate, and will also produce high-quality local honey, helping to raise awareness of the plight of bees and continued support for renewable energy.
Low Carbon is delighted to be at the forefront in protecting Britain’s bees. They see the encouragement of biodiversity as a core responsibility, and the protection of bees as a crucial part in the fight against climate change.
“We are committed to protecting local habitats and ecosystems on our solar farms. Encouraging biodiversity should not be a bolt on for renewable energy companies, but rather a core responsibility. Protecting bees, insects and other species is a crucial part in the fight against climate change and we look forward to continuing our work with Plan Bee in the future.” says Quentin Scott, Low Carbon’s Marketing Director. (Source)
The bee population is sadly at risk of disappearing due to a number of factors, including climate change, pollution, destruction of habitats and a shortage of beekeepers. Low Carbon and Plan Bee’s partnership is a positive example of how like-minded businesses can pull together to promote and protect against the possible disastrous effects that the extinction of bees could have on our planet.
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