Do you know that worker bees only live for about 6 weeks in summer and that is takes 12 bees their lifetime to produce a teaspoon of honey? That means that when you squeeze some yummy honey onto your toast in the morning, chances are that you are eating 24 bees lifetime work.

With this in mind and the fact that honey bees are really in a lot of trouble, we decided to give them a little help. Making honey is thirsty work!


  • 1 wooden bowl
  • A Few marbles
  • A little water


  1. A clean supply of water is much needed for the daily operation of running a beehive! Bees use water to cool the hive, to thin the honey to feed to the larva, and I am sure they just need a drink too!

    If you have a swimming pool or a bird bath I am sure you have found little honey bees floating around, they drown when trying to collect water!

    This is our no bees drowned watering system! All you need is a bowl – we used a wooden one and marbles!
  2. Add water to the bowl, enough to almost cover the marbles – this way the bees can stand on them and drink. I am sure you could do this with little pebbles just as well.

    Place the bowl in your garden, where you are sure the bees will see it, and then wait for your first customer!

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  • Emma Owl
    • 31 Oct 2014
      12:34 am

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  • Great facts, I honestly never knew. I will definitely do this.


  • Everybody needs to do this!
    It couldn’t be easier to do and the benefits are huge. We’ve got to look after our bees


  • this is so important to do for our bees


  • Good thinking !


  • This is a brilliant idea to encourage bees to the garden!


  • What a great idea! I always have water out for birds but never bees. I’ll make mine tomorrow. Thank you.


  • Ill be doing one tomorrow. Thanks for the idea.


  • Oh that’s so sad about the bees!


  • I didn’t know any of this. Thanks for sharing.


  • This is a clever and attractive idea.


  • That is a great way to give bees drinking water thanks for sharing

    • Caring for the Bees so they don’t drown, awesome idea


  • What a brilliant idea. And my kids were very interested so we googled more about bees. Thanks for sharing


  • We do have a paddling pool and do notice bees floating in there. I will be emptying the pool and making one of these. Bees are so important to our lives


  • What a beautiful idea!


  • Such an interesting idea,thanks so much!


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