Bee populations beginning to thrive as coronavirus lockdowns result in better environments due to fewer cars and less air pollution
One unexpected development due to the global coronavirus pandemic is its positive effects on the world’s bee populations. Almost every facet of the global economy is at a standstill and large portions of the global population are being forced to stay indoors. This has led to less air pollution, less car traffic and a marked improvement in environmental conditions all over the world.
Because of this, bee populations in bee farms across the globe are finally thriving after years of decline, especially some of the largest bee farms in the United Kingdom.
Helen McGregor, a beekeeper working for Denrosa Apiaries, a bee farm in Scotland, said that the current lockdowns have made people more aware of the insects’ role in nature.
Denrosa Apiaries is the biggest bee farm in Britain. It currently has over 4,000 bee hives, each with a population of around 50,000 bees.
“Less traffic, less pollution is bound to make a difference to the environment which of course has a positive knock-on effect for bees,” said McGregor. “Hopefully we see these changes lasting.”
A vibrant bee farm isn’t just great for bees – it’s great for whole ecosystems. McGregor states that many farmers who live near Denrosa Apiaries’ six different sites depend on the bees to help pollinate their crops.
“It’s very early in our season to say what production is going to be like but the bees are busy bringing back nectar and pollen.”