We're also rather keen on bees. As gardening folk we know that without the bees not only would we not have honey we wouldn't get all our lovely fruit and veg from the garden unless the flowers are pollinated by the bees and other busy buzzy things. Both the girls knew where honey came from from an early age even though we don't keep bees. (They are on the wish list, along with a pig, but we just don't have the space in our rather small garden!) We did manage to take a couple of pictures of bees in our garden in the recent sunny weather though but I'm not too good on identifying exact bee species!
|possibly a honey bee|
What better way to help out the bees who have had a hard time of it of late with declining numbers of bee friendly flowers being planted, pesticides affecting their colonies and deadly viruses, they really do need all the help we can get.
The BBC did a great series recently with Sarah Raven called Bees, Butterflies and Blooms and she is also on a mission to get Britain Buzzing. Sarah is very serious about bees as she believes that without them our food security could be under threat as they are vital to the production of most of our fruits and vegetables. So do your bit and send a tweet or a facebook message now and you will have been responsible for one more bee friendly plant being planted (and you don't even need to get your fingers dirty!!)
Rowse's website is also a mine of information on all things bee and honey related with craft ideas for kids, recipes and even a great little information download for teachers. If you want to teach your kids more about bees and honey one of the best books we found was The Beeman by Barefoot Books which is a great little story that also teaches you all about bees and how they make their honey.
|possibly a bumble bee|
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