Hiya AA--Boy, you have had some troubles with those hornets and wasps. I hope that they don't bother you this year. Thanks for your reaction GLENDA--I was surprised to hear that your dad kept bees. He may have tapped on the hives to get the bees to come out of their hive. They do not usually like too much tapping, and I guess that they naturally come out to investigate or perhaps to "correct" the noise problem. hahaha. The woodpeckers and blue tits here peck on the hives sometimes and out they come, only to be picked-off by the birds. I wonder if those birds actually know that the pecking brings the bees out. Hoi GE--I think that you are spot on about too few people realizing the importance of bees and wanting to do something to help them. There are however quite a few that are indeed aware of the dreadful plight of the bees and do do various things to help in their own way. You are also correct when you say that it isn't just pesticides and diseases that are responsible for the decline in bee numbers. The loss of meadowland with wildflowers and hedgerows are also important reasons. I am well aware of the schemes in GB and it is such a good thing. Here in our country there are some actions but on a less larger scale. Heck, our own politicians are doing very little to positively help the bee situation. Last year some gemeente's agreed to do some bee-friendly planting. Most of the helpful things done here are small scale and local, but every little bit helps. Now meid, no need for feeling guilty at all. hahaha. If you want to do something you can always plant a couple of dracht plants in your garden. Perhaps your friend would like to do it as well. Anyhow, thanks for your nice reaction.