Eco club do their bit for World Bee Day

All over the world today, people are celebrating World Bee Day. Bees are increasingly under threat from human activity. To raise awareness of the importance of these pollinators, the threats they face and their contribution to sustainable development, the UN designated 20 May as World Bee Day.

Chesterfield’s year 7 Eco Gardeners have done their bit by building bee hotels and placing them around the new vegetable plot at school. They hope they will provide suitable nesting opportunities for solitary bees and other pollinators and help our garden flourish. We will be looking out for Mason bees, Leafcutter bees and Yellow-faced bees which naturally nest in the hollow stems we have prepared for them.

It is fantastic that even in a small way we can contribute to raising awareness about this important key to biodiversity. Bees are under threat. Present species extinction rates are 100 to 1,000 times higher than normal due to human impacts. If this trend continues, nutritious crops, such as fruits, nuts and many vegetable crops will be substituted increasingly by staple crops like rice, corn and potatoes, eventually resulting in an imbalanced diet.

Watch this video to learn more about the unsung heroes in feeding the world.