In Year 5, we have been learning about what bees do for us. Sadly, we found out that bees are in decline and if this continues this could have terrible consequences for us.
We were amazed to find out that one out of every three things we eat needs a bee to pollinate, even meat, since farm animals eat plants too. Without pollination, plants wouldn’t grow seeds and without seeds no more plants could grow in the future.
Sadly, since 1900 the UK has lost 20 species of bee and a further 35 are now under threat of extinction. Bees are in danger of disappearing from our environment and the effects could be catastrophic. We felt so strongly about this that we have decided to write to our local MP, Daisy Cooper, to request that she helps in the plight to rescue our bees and ensure that no more species of bee are lost! You can read some of our letters in our next blog.
You will not be surprised to find out that we all knew bees produced honey! However, they do this as a food store for the hive during the winter. Luckily for us, they are efficient workers and produce 2-3 times more honey than they need. We had the opportunity to taste local honey from Hertfordshire. Some of us had never tried honey before! I think we all agreed it was delicious.
We were fortunate enough to have a visit from our School Governor, Mr David Miveld. He is a keen bee keeper. He brought in all the equipment he uses, including a hive,for us to look at.
We presented the information we found out in our science books but also in our hexagonal mini bee books.