The History of Bees by Maya Lunde

Maya Lunde

"The History of Bees", now published in Greek by Klidarithmos publications, is a wonderful choice for reading. We are looking forward to welcoming the author Maya Lunde to Athens 14-15 November.

Maya Lunde's book "The History of Bees" is inspired by the life and importance of bees. Three stories highlight the invisible thread linking people's world to the bee world.

"The History of Bees" is now published also in Greek by Klidarithmos publications. You can read about the book in Greek in the article "And then the bees left" by Athos Dimoulas in Kathimerini  and in the presentation of Oslo Literary Agency (in English)

In collaboration with Klidarithmos publications, the Norwegian Institute and Greek Bee Camp we have the pleasure of hosting Maja Lunde in Athens 14-15 November.


What can we do to make our cities more hospitable to urban bees?
We asked Aggelina Kanellopoulou from Bee Camp, who lists the following suggestions:

1. Let the weeds flourish. They feed on the hungry bees in the spring.

2. Cut the lawn mowing. The clover nourishes bees and other pollinators.

3. Plant flowers rich in nectar and pollen, for example bell pepper, mustard, oregano, fennel, thyme, almonds, safflower, rosemary, sage, heather autumn, melissa, lavender, safflower, onion, centaur, etc.

4. Most solitary bees need bare ground to make their nest.

5. Do not spray. The use of herbicides reduces the available food for pollinators.

6. Choose organic. Organic farming avoids the use of pesticides and artificial fertilizers, so soil and flowers remain hospitable to bees.

7. Make your own insect hotel. Insect hotels allow lonely bees to find safe places in the city to lay their eggs.

8. Observe the city. Which parts of the city are in need of more green? Which corner could be appropriate to host a Bee spot?

9. Observe your actions. What habits can be harmful to the natural environment and bees? What habits could be replaced with others more environmentally friendly?

10. Become a volunteer. Dealing with the environment and preserving species is important but also profoundly satisfying.