Solitary Bee Week
Although most people are aware of honeybees and bumblebees, solitary bees are the unsung hero of the pollinating world. With over 240 species in the UK alone, they make up 90% of the bee population and along with other pollinating animals are responsible for one third of all the food we eat. Solitary Bee Week (2019 dates TBC) is a week of action and education, to raise awareness of these incredible creatures.
We will be hosting school assemblies, running fun bee related activities and events, and encouraging people to Earn Your Stripes by pledging to help the solitary bees. Whether it’s leaving a patch of your lawn bare for mining bees to nest or planting a pollinator friendly plant in a pot, we will be awarding people with ‘Solitary Bee Hero’ status and giving out digital badges to use on social media.
Solitary Bee Week is a partnership between the University of Exeter’s Environment and Sustainability Institute (ESI) and Cornish product designers, Green&Blue. They have been working together since 2016, as part of an ongoing research project into Green&Blue’s award-winning BeeBrick — a home for cavity nesting solitary bees.