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Bees are indicators of environmental cleanliness

These days you can notice unmown meadows. Do you know why that is?

In some places, such as Ljubljana’s Tivoli Park, special signs announce that they will be mowed when the bees have eaten.

They also celebrated their day on Friday.

In 2015, at the initiative of Slovenian beekeepers, May 20 was declared World Bee Day. It is designed to raise awareness of their role, but it also reminds us that we need to protect them.

»These days we are discussing solutions for the survival and strengthening of the number of bees and other pollinators,« says Lidija Senič from the Slovenian Beekeepers’ Association.

In particular, they want to introduce young people to the importance of pollinators, their protection and teach them beekeeping skills.

V Sloveniji imamo zelo razvito tradicijo čebelarstva. Vir: Wikimedia commons
In Slovenia we have a very developed tradition of beekeeping. Source: Wikimedia Commons

»Bees and other pollinators care about biodiversity, are indicators of environmental cleanliness, and with their help we can work to reduce hunger,« adds Lidija Senič

»They take care of pollinating flowering plants, which is related to food production.«

Bees are at risk as global warming, environmental pollution and intensive agriculture limit their food resources and put them under stress.

Kranjska čebela je avtohtona vrsta. Vir: Wikimedia Commons
The Carniolan bee is an autochthonous species. Source: Wikimedia Commons

In Slovenia we also have the autochthonous Carniolan bee (Apis mellifera carnica), which is famous as a hard-working and resistant animal, with an excellent sense of orientation.

In general, bees are considered to be extremely smart animals. Bee dancing is especially characteristic, with which they communicate to each other where the food source is located, while orienting themselves according to the position of the Sun.

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This year, World Bee Day was also celebrated on the First Program of Radio Slovenia. In the show Good Night, Children! between 16 and 22 May, they presented new stories from the Čebelica series of books. The cycle was dedicated to Eli Peroci on the 100th anniversary of her birth.

Glossary

Autochthonous means that a species lives only in a certain geographical area.

Points To Consider

  1. Have you ever been stung by a bee?
  2. Why is pollination important?
  3. Do you know any other Slovenian autochthonous species?

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The original version of this article was published on May 19th.

English translation courtesy of JL FlannerTotal Slovenia News, an English language website with news from and about Slovenia.

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