This article was originally posted in June 2019. To find out more Bee Saviour Behaviour and what they're up to now, you can visit their website
If you have ever come across a struggling bee in your garden and didn't know how to help the starving creature, you might be glad to hear that there now is a solution to this situation.
Dan Harris has met a few dying bees himself and decided to develop a credit card sized bee revivor that contains three sachets of sugar solution to feed the insect, just in time for World Bee Day on 20 May.
Bees are an essential pillar of the ecosystem, pollinating 80% of the world's plants and one-third of food crops. Unfortunately, bee populations are declining rapidly. Dan believes his bee saviour card could help people connect to bees and raise awareness for this issue.
"I got the idea when I discovered that bees have really fast metabolisms and can run out of energy and us humans can revive them. This struck me as a beautiful invitation to connect with urban wildlife.
"I also believe that humans often don't fight to save a thing unless we love that thing, and we can't love a thing until we get to know it. I believe by connecting people with urban wildlife, we both improve people's wellbeing and create a community more inspired to fight for the future of declining bee populations", says community development worker Dan.
The saviour cards are made from old store cards. Dan and his team put puddles of sugar solution in three holes behind a sticker. If someone spots an exhausted bee with no flowers nearby, they can peel back the sticker to reveal the sugar solution and place the card next to the bee. They can then have a little drink and fly off, and the card is ready for another bee saviour moment. The card is refillable and therefore, endlessly reusable.
Dan is now trying to get enough funding to produce more of the cards and spread his idea further. His city of Norwich has already embraced the bee saviour prototype, with local businesses pledging to stock the cards.
Since setting up the not-for-profit co-operative "Bee Saviour Behaviour", Dan has been blown away by the positive response he received for his project:
"We now have 1700 supporters, and this means as a community we can achieve all sorts. This summer could be a lively one."
However, support for bees should not stop here. Dan hopes that his project can inspire people to support bees in all kinds of different ways.
"Bee Saviour Cards are all about creating a relationship that can inspire people to leave areas of their garden wild and plant more bee-friendly things. So, with the funds we have raised through our crowdfunding campaign, we'll be able to create citizen science projects and educational resources to keep people curious about bees", said Dan.
People who are interested in this project can support it online.
Wednesday the 20th of May marks #WorldBeeDay, a United Nations initiative to raise awareness of the importance of pollinators!
Keep an eye out for plenty of bee-related content over the next few days, and join the Candide Garden Club on Tuesday to learn more about gardening for bees.