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Celebrating World Bee Day!

World Bee Day is celebrated on May 20. On this day Anton Janša, the pioneer of beekeeping, was born in 1734. The purpose of the international day is to acknowledge the role of bees and other pollinators for the ecosystem.

Timeline leading to World Bee Day

20 May 1734 – Breznica, Slovenia Birth of Anton Janša, became a pioneer of modern apiculture. Bees were a frequent topic of conversation with neighboring farmers, who would gather at the village and discuss farming and bee-keeping practices.

1766 - Anton enrolled in the first bee-keeping school in Europe.

1769 – Janša worked fulltime as a beekeeper.

1771 – Published the book Discussion on Bee-keeping in German.

2016 – At the FAO Regional Conference for Europe, the Republic of Slovenia proposed World Bee Day to be celebrated on 20 May each year, with the support of Apimondia, the International Federation of Beekeepers’ Association.

2017 – Proposal for World Bee Day was submitted for consideration at the 40th Session of FAO Conference.

2017 – UN General Assembly unanimously proclaimed 20 May as World Bee Day.

20 May 2018 – First Observance of World Bee Day.

YOU can make a difference & help preserving bees and other pollinators with simple initiatives:

  • Plant native & nectar-bearing flowers on your balconies, terraces, and/or gardens.

  • Provide fresh water to pollinators. As most of them can’t land in open water, we recommend filling a shallow birdbath or bowl with clean water, and arrange pebbles & stones inside so that they can land on them to take a refreshing drink.

  • Buy local honey and/or other hive products from your nearest beekeeper

  • Raise awareness among children and adolescents on the importance of bees and express your support for beekeepers

  • Set up a pollinator farm on your balcony, terrace, or garden; you can either make it yourself or buy at any home furnishings store

  • Preserve old meadows – which feature a more diverse array of flowers – and sow nectar-bearing plants

  • Cut grass on meadows only after the bee-friendly plants have finished blooming

  • Go organic! Avoid plant-killing herbicides and plants pretreated with insecticides, or use pesticides that do not harm bees. Try to spray them in windless weather, either early in the morning or late at night, when bees withdraw from blossoms

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