It may sound strange but leaving a spoonful of sugar in the garden could do wonders for the environment.
Given the bad press sugar has had in recent years it sounds like rather a bizarre gesture. But there is one creature who will really thank you for it, the Mirror reports .
Whether you think they’re a nuisance or love them, the fact is we rely on bees a lot.
In fact, almost a third of the food we eat is pollinated by these insects who are responsible for feeding 90 percent of the world’s population. Remove them from the ecosystem, and we have a serious problem.
Unfortunately, that’s what we appear to be doing, as a combination of pesticides, urbanisation and climate change are causing bee numbers to drop dramatically.
“If bees were to disappear from the face of the earth, humans would have just 4 years left to live,” David Attenborough has said in the past.
Here’s where a spoonful of sugar comes in.
“This time of year bees can often look like they are dying or dead, however, they’re far from it,” Attenborough said according to Country Living .
“Bees can become tired and they simply don’t have enough energy to return to the hive, which can often result in being swept away.
“If you find a tired bee in your home, a simple solution of sugar and water will help revive an exhausted bee.
“Simply mix two tablespoons of white, granulated sugar with one tablespoon of water, and place on a spoon for the bee to reach.”
The mix of water and sugar will rehydrate the tired bee and give them some much-needed energy.