Without the existence of bees, our lives are also threatened: almost 80% of all crops and wild plants are pollinated by the honey bee, with bumblebees, wild bees, flies and other insect species taking care of the rest.

This means that the bee is responsible for sustaining much of our food - but although this fact is well known, its population has been threatened for years and there has been a significant decline in bee colonies. In Germany alone, the number of bee colonies has fallen by more than a third.

Biologists have been sounding the alarm since the 1990s, and around 300 of 560 wild bee species are already on the red list of endangered species.

Why is this?

The reasons are still only partially known to researchers. Monocultures in agriculture and thus simply a lack of food due to a lack of plant diversity are one of them - as well as climatic changes and mites that drink the bees' blood and are already responsible for weakened young bees that often die shortly after hatching. 

But the biggest problem of all seems to be pesticides, which contain neonicotinoids. This substance lodges in the plants and causes bees to lose their sense of smell and their bee dance, through which they communicate and find food sources, is disrupted. In addition, the pesticides affect their sense of direction so that they cannot find their way back to their hive, causing the queen and young bees to starve.

Bee mortality triggers a whole chain reaction, because other animals that feed on berries and seeds also find less to eat, henceforth causing extensive consequences for our entire ecosystem.

And did you know that there are already areas in China where there are no longer any pollinating insects? Trees and other plants there have to be pollinated by hand, which is incredibly time-consuming and expensive. According to BUND, a sum of about 15 billion euros a year would be needed to do the bees' work in Europe.

To counteract this, we have already voluntarily converted a total of about 15 hectares (150 000 square metres) of agricultural land in and around Lütetsburg into so-called bee meadows. Bee meadows are areas planted with flower-rich seed mixtures of predominantly perennial, native wildflowers and grasses.

The flowers provide an ideal habitat for bumblebees, wild bees, bees, butterflies, beetles and many other insects. Consequently they enable a diversity of habitats that are rarely found in the wild nowadays. Due to their plant composition, bee meadows thus ensure the supply of bee colonies throughout the year. They also provide good food sources for many bird species.

However, in order to be able to continue this project in the long term, we need sponsors to support us in our endeavour. 

But we would like to do even more and with your support we could also gradually convert suitable areas in the castle gardens and on the golf course into bee meadows. 

With your symbolic bee meadow sponsorship, you make an active contribution to the creation of new habitats and thus ensure that pesticide-free food is available for the bees.

How big should your meadow be?

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Many thanks,
Your Freundeskreis Schlosspark Lütetsburg e. V.

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