One of our plot holders, Nighat, gave an interesting talk about bees. And Maia helped!
Nighat: “I had brought in props and equipment – specimens of life cycle stages from egg to adult bee, worker honey bees, drones, queen bees, wasps and wasp nests. I had some photos and specimens to share of other types of bees – there are about 20,000 species of bees and it is estimated that 250 are found just in the UK (around 225 solitary bees and 24 bumble bees). We had a look at pictures of the different types you could find in your garden.
Maia was a great help when we went through the exhibits. A big thank you Maia!
A demonstration hive was used to show non-beekeepers the inside of the hive and how the bees separate the brood from the main honey stores. We looked at the differences between a wasp nest and a honey bee’s and how bees get the perfect hexagonal honeycomb shape.
We also talked about planting and some of the concerns and how we could help.
I brought some honey in that I collected from my hives this year – both at home and on the allotment.
There was real interest in how we can have natural beehives, so I mentioned that there are bee boxes/hives that some people use in their homes to encourage bees to build their nest in but I did say that you would need to talk to the Committee and other beekeepers about this for more information.
Having had more time to think about it, Friends of the Earth do little kits that give information and even some practical activities such as building bee hotels. These are easy to make and install and especially great for solitary bees.” Here are the links: