Plight of the Bumblebee
7th February 2019
Science for All enjoyed a talk from Dr Nikki Gammons of The Bumblebee Conservation Trust in February and she told us amazing facts about bees and gave us an insight into research and conservation. There is concern that due to intensive agriculture and use of pesticides bee populations are declining and species are becoming extinct. Bumblebees are not just an attractive part of our wildlife, they contribute over £600 million to the UK economy by pollinating crops. And pollination isn't as simple as it sounds given all the different types of flowers. Who knew that a bee pollinating tomatoes shakes itself about to release nectar from the flower, this activity brushes plenty of pollen onto the bee's abdomen to aid pollination of the next flower. We are privileged in Kent because it is the best county for bee habitats with all its orchards and meadows. Nikki is going to take us on a bee identification walk in the summer and we are thinking of setting up a bee walk group to monitor bees in our local countryside. We enjoyed the talk so much that Nikki has been asked to speak at a future monthly meeting.