Day 13
A home for 75 bees near meadow orchards in Germany

Fight against the dying of bees

New bee hives for the Hessian meadow orchards

The apple is said to be the Germans’ favourite fruit. Supermarkets sadly offer fewer and fewer apple varieties to buy. On the other hand, orchards are home to a huge selection of fantastic apple varieties. Many of these varieties are more digestible for allergy sufferers and much healthier than the typical varieties from the supermarket. Orchard meadows are also a place of special biodiversity. The little owl, rare butterflies and many bee colonies find a safe home here. Bees are indispensable for the preservation of the colourful diversity and their humming sweetens every beautiful spring day. The protection of orchard meadows is therefore of central importance for bees in Germany.

Necessity

 

Creation of natural spaces as a habitat for bees in Germany.

Activity

 

Naturefund sets up beehives near meadow orchards.

Countable effort

After around 12 months

Number of bees that are given a new home in meadow orchards.

Result

After around 3 years

Many many bees find a home in the orchards and contribute to the preservation of biodiversity.

Systemic effect

After around 7 years

The meadow orchards are a place of biodiversity. They provide a home for many old fruit varieties as well as endangered insect species.

Background

Albert Einstein is believed to have once said: “Once the bee disappears from the earth, man has only four years left to live”. Long-term studies already show dramatic decreases of up to 75 percent in the number of insects. Many environmental toxins and ever smaller areas of retreat for these creatures are to blame for the decrease in the insect populations (Hallmann, 2017 and Sorg, 2013). Especially in Germany, large monocultures are prevalent. Such agricultural use shapes our landscape. Natural meadows are becoming a rarity today. For bees, butterflies and bumble bees these natural meadows are very important. Colourful flowers, grasses and blossoming trees immediately provide the basis for their nutrition. Only when different plants bloom at different times, animals are able to find enough food. In the orchards, bees find exactly this variety and can flourish.

The good deed

In order to promote the bee and insect prosperity in the orchards, Naturefund has set up beehives for wild bees in these protected orchards. The good deed directly supports the new bee colonies and allows them to find a new home. In addition, old fruit trees are cultivated in the orchards, mistletoe is removed and young fruit trees of old varieties are planted. The work is supported by volunteers who take care of the fruit trees. The hard work of the busy bees in the orchards is thus of great benefit to both the biodiversity and the people.

About Germany

Berlin

Capital

82 521 653

Number of inhabitants

46.136

Gross domestic product per capita per year

5

Human Development Index

The favourite fruit in Germany is the apple. No other EU country consumes as many per year: 25 kilos per capita.