A Free Project to Protect Our Solitary Bees

What's the Project About?

There are over 250 species of bee in the UK. You’ll probably be familiar with bumble bees and honey bees, but around 220 species of bee are solitary bees that don’t live in colonies.

 

Most solitary bees construct nests in hollow stems and cavities. However due to habitat destruction this has left a shortage of these nest sites in the UK.

 

This is where we come in. Thanks to the Dulverton Trust and Community foundations for Lancashire and Merseyside, HackSchool have teamed up with environmental group, Green Town St. Helens, and we are going to be giving solitary bees a helping hand by giving away 50 solitary bee houses to you, the St. Helens community.

 

Along with lots of helpful online resources, educational videos and community workshops to attend where we will be covering how to use your new bee house, where to put it and how to attract solitary bees to it.

 

Participation is FREE! Scroll down for the workshops, including links to the Eventbrite pages, so you can register your interest…

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The Workshops

Workshop 1: 15/01/22, 1pm
Positive Life Workshops, 130 Napier Street, St Helens, WA10 2EW

Introduction to Solitary Bees - with Andrea Ku

Featuring Andrea from b4biodiversity, who will share her expertise on solitary bees! PLUS see what the world would be like without these fascinating creatures with the VR Pollinator Park experience.

Workshop 2: 22/01/22, 1pm
Positive Life Workshops, 130 Napier Street, St Helens, WA10 2EW

Solitary Bees - PLUS Pollinator Park VR

Learn about solitary bees, how to maximise the potential of your free bee house, and see what life might be like without them with the VR Pollinator Park experience.

Workshop 3: 29/01/22, 1pm
Positive Life Workshops, 130 Napier Street, St Helens, WA10 2EW

Solitary Bees - PLUS Pollinator Park VR

Learn about solitary bees, how to maximise the potential of your free bee house, and see what life might be like without them with the VR Pollinator Park experience.

Workshop 4: 05/02/22, 1pm
Positive Life Workshops, 130 Napier Street, St Helens, WA10 2EW

Solitary Bees - PLUS Pollinator Park VR

Learn about solitary bees, how to maximise the potential of your free bee house, and see what life might be like without them with the VR Pollinator Park experience.

Workshop 5: 12/02/22, 1pm
Positive Life Workshops, 130 Napier Street, St Helens, WA10 2EW

Solitary Bees - PLUS Pollinator Park VR

Learn about solitary bees, how to maximise the potential of your free bee house, and see what life might be like without them with the VR Pollinator Park experience.

Workshop 6: 19/02/22, 1pm
Positive Life Workshops, 130 Napier Street, St Helens, WA10 2EW

Solitary Bees - PLUS Pollinator Park VR

Learn about solitary bees, how to maximise the potential of your free bee house, and see what life might be like without them with the VR Pollinator Park experience.

Workshop 7: 26/02/22, 1pm
Positive Life Workshops, 130 Napier Street, St Helens, WA10 2EW

Solitary Bees - PLUS Pollinator Park VR

Learn about solitary bees, how to maximise the potential of your free bee house, and see what life might be like without them with the VR Pollinator Park experience.

Workshop 8: 05/03/22, 1pm
Positive Life Workshops, 130 Napier Street, St Helens, WA10 2EW

Building Your Bee House With Cat Woods

For the folks who weren't lucky enough to get one of the free bee houses with this project, Cat Woods is on hand to show you how to make your own, and how to use it to help solitary bees!

Introduction to Solitary Bees

Why Are Solitary Bees so Important?

The Bee House In Action

The female solitary bee likes to nest in holes, which is why bee houses are made up of hollow tubes!

 

The bee will fill the tube with a mix of pollen and nectar, then lay an egg. After each egg, she builds another wall of pollen and nectar until the tube is full.

 

She seals the tube with mud, resin or leaves. The walls of pollen and nectar becomes a food source for the bee larvae as they hatch from their eggs.

 

You can replace old, worn out tubes when they are no longer fit for use – or buy a pack of tubes to build another bee house!

 

Carmel College posted this lovely pic on the Instagram page of their project, The Eco Hive, after we visited them to deliver our solitary bee workshops – as you can see, a little bee has already made her home in the bottom row!

Cat Interviews Seven Local Biodiversity Heroes

It had to come to an end eventually – so we rounded the project off in true Green Town fashion by interviewing seven local biodiversity heroes – including Claire Eddleston, who hosted our first round of workshops, and Andrea Ku, who lent her unmatched expertise to a few of the sessions!

 

Download a Free Printable!

Learn all about bee houses, where to place them and how to use them with this free PDF!

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