Why are bees so important?
One-third of the world's food production depends on bees. We all know that pollination is a necessary process to help crops grow. But, did you know that bees pollinate 75% of all leading global crops? Bees are vital in providing the balance between humans, plants, animals, and the environment.
Today, the United Nation says that Bees have become endangered. With close to one million species facing extinction. That would mean far fewer apples, soft fruits, beans, tomatoes and more.
We celebrate World Wee Day on 20th May to raise awareness, and this year have rescheduled our Science Week to coincide with this (see Science Week 2023 page and album).
What are we doing at Midfield?
We have bought hives and have just received our bee colony to live in them. Children in Bee Club, along with our expert Bee Keeper and Ms Fenton, will look after the bees, ensuring that they have everything they need to make lots of lovely honey. To help ensure that they have a diverse and readily-available supply of pollen and nectar, part of the project is to plant three different wildflower plots, which we will use to conduct a diversity study.
We want every child to experience the bees and to learn from them first-hand, whether they are in Bee Club or not. We aim to sell our Midfield honey to raise money to ensure that the bees continue to thrive.