Bees and the pollination they provide are critical to the ecosystem and our food production.
L'abella Lliure is a Community Supported Bee Sanctuary (CSBEES) in the wonderful area of natural interest called Alta Garrotxa near Girona,Catalunya. Our aims is to offer this important and endangerd Keystone species a place of retreat and nourishment to flourish again in its natural habitats.
We are in the pioneering phace of this important project and offer different ways to support us and the bees !
The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated. ¨ Mahatma Gandhi¨
Bees, in something like their present form, have been around for at least 100 million years. Honeybees may have been with us for around 30 million years, during which time they have evolved into one of the most successful and highly organized social creatures on earth.
Some 84% of the crops grown for human consumption – around 400 different types of plants – need bees and other insects to pollinate them to increase their yields and quality. These include most fruits and vegetables, many nuts, and plants such as rapeseed and sunflowers that are turned into oil, as well as cocoa beans, coffee and tea.Crops grown as fodder for dairy cows and other livestock are also pollinated by bees. And it’s not only food crops that rely on bee pollination, cotton does as well.
Pictures from our first 5 Hives which arrived at the Sanctuary in Spring 2017:
Some wild winter flowers at the site of the Bee Sanctuary:
some Pictures of the natural sorroundings of the Sanctuary: