Bees are a vital part of our ecosystem. We may take them and other pollinators like butterflies and hoverflies for granted – but they are vital for stable, healthy food supplies. They are key to the varied, colourful and nutritious diets we need and have come to expect.
Globally there are more honeybees than other types of bee and pollinating insects, so it is the world’s most important pollinator of food crops. It is estimated that one third of the food that we consume each day relies on pollination mainly by bees, but also by other insects, birds and bats.
Saint Columba House has two beehives on its rooftop garden. Children, youth, teens and the wider population are learning about the importance of pollination in urban agriculture and we also get the added benefit of producing local honey to share with our community.