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We really enjoy working with children. they are always interested and enthusiastic to learn about bees and pollinators.

 

There are many ways in which we can help schools and other groups to engage and educate youngsters. These include:

 

  • Delivering tailored, interactive sessions at your school or group premises with our ‘Bees on Tour’ programme [tell me more]
  • Hosting events at our Visitor Centre, based near Chorley, Lancashire [tell me more]
  • Helping to set up an apiary and junior beekeeping club at your school or group premises [tell me more]
  • Helping to create habitat for bees at your school or group premises [tell me more]
  • Enabling your class, school or group to adopt a hive of bees at one of our apiaries. [tell me more]

 

More information on each of these options is listed below.

Interactive Sessions at your Premises

Our childrens’ sessions are individually tailored to the age group(s) we are working with and include demonstrations, interactive activities and a whole lot of fun. 


We even have the option of bringing our ‘Bees on Tour’. This specially built, mobile, glass display includes live honeybees. It is a fantastic way for children to view our wonderful and amazing bees in complete safety. the unit has been built to be childproof and teacher-proof.


Our team of expert beekeepers and experienced educators ensure that each group benefits from an informative and interactive insight into the fascinating world of the honeybee.


We adjust the content of our sessions to the needs of the group and the curriculum, but they typically cover:


  • What are honeybees?
  • Are there different types of honeybee?
  • How do they live, work, communicate and reproduce?
  • What do honeybees make in the hive (including honey)?
  • What other types of bees are there (e.g. Bumblebees and Solitary Bees)?
  • Why are bees important to our environment, society and economy?
  • How do bees help pollinate plants?


Our staff are DBS-checked, trained in safeguarding and highly experienced in working with juniors of all age groups.


Typically we can deliver multiple sessions to an entire school across a single morning. 

Alongside our ‘Bees on Tour’ (which are available from March until October), we bring a variety of props and items of beekeeping equipment to make the session as fun and informative as possible.

 

Our team of educators are really inspiring and receive excellent feedback from the schools we visit. 


Here’s a short feedback message from one of our (now) regular customers from Heyhouses School at Lytham St Annes.

Hi Simon,

Just WOW!!! What a fantastic morning we had! 

Amy was so professional, down to earth, kind and completely at ease with the children, all whilst demonstrating fantastic knowledge and expertise of her field. What a credit to your business she is!! 

The talk was perfectly pitched to the age group and Amy asked a lot of questions before we began to ensure she covered the material we needed and guage what we already knew. The children were completely enthralled and we all learnt so much, as well as being able to be ‘hands- on’ with many of her display objects. 

We will be busy over the next week or so writing explanation texts in our English lessons, and will send you copies of some of these for you to perhaps display at your headquarters.

I can’t thank you enough for providing such a wonderful educational experience for our children. It far exceeded my expectations and was of the very highest quality.

Kind regards

Kylie

Helping Schools set up Hives and Junior Beekeeping Groups.

Having hives at school is a great way to expose young people to nature and to immerse them in the ‘real’ world.

 

We work with schools to set up apiaries on your premises. Supported by industrial sponsors we are able to supply bees, hives and equipment at reduced cost. 

 

Our specially bred honeybees are of an excellent temperament. This is helpful when we work with children as young as 3. 

 

We train staff and help establish a robust and sustainable team of beekeepers on site. Our programme also includes ways to enthuse children with regards to bees, pollinators and the environment; even exploring how to embed these topics across the wider curriculum and other academic subjects. 

 

We help establish management plans, operating protocols and risk assessments as well as being on hand to provide ongoing support to the in-house team. We can also put you in touch with other schools who have benefitted from our support, so that you can share experiences and best practice.

We also help to establish management plans, operating protocols and risk assessments as well as being on hand to provide ongoing support to the in-house team. We can also put you in touch with other schools who have benefitted from our support, so that you can share experiences and best practice.

The team at Waddington and West Bradford School

Honeybees at Westend Primary School

Interactive Sessions at our Visitor Centre

Our childrens’ sessions are individually tailored to the age group(s) we are working with and include demonstrations, interactive activities and a whole lot of fun. 

 

Our Visitor Centre is fully equipped with AV facilities and our indoor, glass observation hive. Visitors are able to see our honeybees busily working in the hive as they go about their business making honey, rearing young and building honeycomb. It’s an fantastic way for children to view our wonderful and amazing bees in complete safety. We also use a range of props and beekeeping equipment to make the sessions as engaging and interactive as possible.

 

Our team of expert beekeepers and experienced educators ensure that each group benefits from an informative and interactive insight into the fascinating world of the honeybee.

 

 

We adjust the content of our sessions to the needs of the group and the curriculum, but they typically cover:

 

 

  • What are honeybees?
  • Are there different types of honeybee?
  • How do they live, work, communicate and reproduce?
  • What do honeybees make in the hive (including honey)?
  • What other types of bees are there (e.g. Bumblebees and Solitary Bees)?
  • Why are bees important to our environment, society and economy?
  • How do bees help pollinate plants?


Our staff are DBS-checked, trained in safeguarding and highly experienced in working with juniors of all age groups.

 

Our team of educators are really inspiring and receive excellent feedback from the schools that visit us. 

Fun Facts about Bees

DID YOU KNOW - Bees have four wings, not two - they actually hook them together to form one big pair when flying and then unhook them when not flying!

ADOPT A HIVE

If you are not able to keep one or more hives at your location you can still help to support honeybees and biodiversity by contributing to the upkeep of our hives. These are located in apiaries around Lancashire, the North West and North Wales.

 

Adopting a hive makes a wonderful way to take positive environmental action. You will get an adoption certificate and will be able to track the progress of your hive with regular updates throughout the year about how the colony is progressing.

 

This is a great way to keep children engaged without having to set up your own hives on site.

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