On 20 May, Slovenia and the rest of the world celebrate the World Bee Day.

The main purpose of World Bee Day is to raise awareness among the global public about the importance of bees and other pollinators for humanity, bearing in mind food security, global elimination of hunger, and care for the environment and biodiversity.

Bees and other pollinators are very important for human survival as they significantly contribute to the world’s food security. One third of all food produced in the world depends on pollination – and bees are the most important pollinators. Every third spoon of your food depends on bees.

Bees are increasingly endangered because of diseases and pests that spread rapidly due to globalization; a lack of food sources due to intensive agriculture and due to short period in a year, when the food is available; use of pesticides in agriculture; the growth of cities, which shrink habitats; and climate change.
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Europe, extinction threatens nearly 10 % of all bee species. In 2016, the number of honey bee colonies decreased by as much as 33% in the United States and 13% in the European Union.

The UN General Assembly proclaimed World Bee Day as a result of cooperation between the Slovenian Beekeepers’ Association, as the initiator, and the Republic of Slovenia.

Why 20. May?

20 May is also the birthdate of Anton Janša (1734–1773), a pioneer of modern beekeeping and one of the greatest experts in this field in his day. He was the first teacher of modern beekeeping in the world, appointed by the Empress Maria Theresa as a permanent teacher at the new beekeeping school in Vienna.

Slovenians are a genuine beekeeping nation, as one in 200 inhabitants has a hive. Slovenia was also the first EU Member State to have introduced legal protection of bees.

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Did you know?
A bee colony can be compared to a small city. It contains 30,000 to 60,000 bee workers, from 300 to 1,000 male broods, and the queen bee. The queen bee is the only member of the bee colony that lays eggs. She can produce up to 2,000 eggs in a day.

Did you know?
Honey bees’ wings flap 11,400 times per minute, which makes their distinctive buzz. To make one kilogram of honey, bees must visit four million flowers and fly four times the distance around the world. Bees pollinate as many as 170,000 species of plants.
Did you know?
Bees are very economical and rational construction workers in nature – honeycombs are among the most efficiently organised structures in nature; the honeycomb walls are joined at an angle of 120°, thus forming a complete hexagon. This is also a very useful structure in aviation!

This year is probably one of the most difficult for bee colonies in a very long history. In addition to the constant ever-increasing problems (introduction of aggressive alien plant and insect species due to globalization, reduction of honey-bearing areas, atmospheric pollution etc), the warm winter and then a harsh spring frost damaged all the early-blooming plants to the degree where they are not useful for honey production anymore.

But we can help the bees. Each of us can make a contribution!

The next time when you work in your garden, plant some honey-bearing plants.
Plant some flowers in pots and keep them on your balcony.
Leave your lawn unmown for a week or two longer, so that meadow flowers can appear.
Apply to the municipal councilors of your city to plant honey-bearing species of trees in city parks, such as linden or maple.
Petition for public areas to be planted with honey-bearing perennials plants.

It’s not much, but small steps take us a long way.

Pipistrel supports this way of thinking and takes care of nature on every step of our journey, within our EcoLution philosophy: we plant trees, we produce aircraft which don’t pollute the environment, our factory buildings are energy self-sufficient, we try to keep the pollution to a minimum.

We share the sky with bees.
Let’s keep it clean – for them and for ourselves!