”Look, the bee has got something to eat now!“ The little girl visiting the “Meeting Point Bee Health” is pleased. Rather than landing on a plain green space, the pointer of the spinning wheel came to a halt on a lush flower field featuring a happy bee. The message of the spinning wheel is crystal clear: greater flower diversity provides a healthier pollinator diet. To make sure that the visitors can turn this message into practical benefits, the little girl, along with all other lucky winners, receive a “Bee pasture” seed mix packet – the special Bayer mix containing 34 different wild flower varieties. “Bayer CropScience developed this seed mix to motivate local communities, farmers, hobby gardeners and balcony owners to enhance plant diversity and support local pollinators,” explains Heinz Breuer, press spokesman for Bayer CropScience Germany. “In that way, we can all do our bit to promote bee health.”
The ”Meeting Point Bee Health“ also offers visitors the chance to learn about the latest scientific findings concerning bee health. Bee expert Fred Klockgether is available at the stand to answer questions of both experts and the public. Commenting on the feedback of the visitors, he says: “Our ‘Meeting Point Bee Health’ has been received very well. People really want to know why today’s bees have problems.”
A poster showing the causes of colony losses helps Fred to provide some of the answers. The chart gives a visual impression of how the loss of bee colonies has a lot to do with the varroa mite and the climate – and very little with chemistry: ”People are surprised to learn that mistakes in the application of plant protection play only a very minor role in bee losses,” says the bee expert.
The ”Meeting Point Bee Health“ participated in International Green Week for the first time this year.