With the catastrophe and decline of bees all around the world, Jersey locals want to minimise the vulnerability of this eco-dependant species. The declining bee population has long been an issue addressed on wildlife documentaries all over the world, and while many scientists and environmental scientists are trying to innovate ideas to sustain the species, Jersey local malls are doing their part in aiding the long-term goal.
There are even talks of local tennis courts and the best bookmakers for tennis incorporating honey bees within the roofs of venues, but nothing has amassed to a definite go-ahead as of yet.
Why help the honey bees?
Honey bees are the official state bug of the area, and one that has been on the watch list for an impeccably long time. Despite being closely watched with minor intervention schemes to maintain numbers, they have seen dramatic decline within a 10-year period. It should always be a cause for concern when any part of the ecosystem declines, as that is a huge wake up sign that something is dramatically off within the natural state of order.
Honey bees are essential for pollinating the wildlife and flora of the area. If you happen to cut such a huge piece of the food chain out, it can have a huge knock-on effect on the mammals and fauna in the upper stages of the food chain. Humans being at the top of the chain, will find themselves with lower food yields due to the decline of bees. Therefore, it would not be overly pessimistic at all to say that food shortages would be a direct cause for such concerns, and therefore make it very likely for crops to fail entirely.
According to the National Geographic, honey bees control $200 million in crops within the state area, with main fruit food groups like cranberries, blueberries and cucumbers being directly affected by the honey bees decline. Therefore, as well as having initiatives of beekeeping hives across the state, incorporating their protection with temperature regulated roof shelters, is one step closer to keeping their numbers sustained for the future.
The Jersey area is the first within the entire USA to try this idea with immediate effect, therefore should it be a success, expect to see more states integrating the idea and working together to colonise bees for sustainability.
Many outlets within the Jersey area are beginning to hold sessions and educational workshops for locals, to ensure that they understand how they can be of service and do their part to extend colonisations beyond regulated areas. Small initiatives such as leaving out sugared water within gardens, is the perfect way to sustain bees in the area and ensure they are supplemented against the rise in temperatures that have surged due to climate change within the past decade.
Educational workshops are massively important for locals, as many believe the misconceptions of honey bees being dangerous and the risk of being stung. Honey bees are massively docile and friendly, and that is why it is massively important to make sure we protect them for future generations.
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