This week from 19th - 25th June, Camping in the Forest are joining forces with wildlife expert, Chris Packham, to launch the UK’s first Bee Kind Week, to highlight the plight of the bumblebee and really create a buzz about bees - so we've asked them all about it...
The plight of the bumblebee has been well-documented, yet despite this, two species of bee have already been made completely extinct in the UK, with several more under threat due to manmade methods of farming and construction. Not only are bees very loveable (they even make a ‘whoop’ sound when they bump into each other), but they are integral to our ecosystem.
One thing we love here at Camping in the Forest, is the abundance of incredible wildlife we have around our UK campsites, and we’re passionate about protecting it too. So, with our recent survey* revealing that alarmingly 22% of Brits now only ever see bees in the great outdoors once every six months or less, and 9% claiming they rarely ever spot a bee in the UK, we decided it was time we did something to make sure bees remain firmly on our wildlife radar.
That’s why we’ve joined wildlife expert, Chris Packham and the Bumblebee Conservation Trust to launch the UK’s first EVER ‘Bee Kind’ week, from 19th June – 25th June, to really create a buzz about bees.
Chris commented: “Not only are bumblebees incredibly cute but they are also integral to our ecosystem and their numbers are dwindling fast. Sadly, most of the public aren’t aware of the enormous impact they have on our ecosystem. Bee Kind week is all about raising awareness of this, while doing something fun everyone can get involved with. Getting kids involved in bee conservation in particular is a great way to educate future generations on protecting these precious species.
“Whether it’s finding out how to feed them or what plants to plant, to attract them to your garden, it’s easy to do your bit and help the bees. It’s about time we had a whole week dedicated to bees, so I will be getting fully behind Camping in the Forest’s Bee Kind week, and I hope you will too.”
So, what’s Bee Kind week?
BEE KIND WEEK
Monday 19th June: ‘Bee Aware’ day
When you see a bee, is your first reaction to run away? If so, you’re not alone. 24%* of us said they would either wave their arms frantically in the bee’s direction or run away. We want to change the perception of these misunderstood stripy natives and prove why they really are the bee’s knees.
Tuesday 20th June: ‘Care for a Bee’ day
Bees feed off the nectar and pollen found in plants to give them the protein and carbohydrates they need, but sometimes they need a little helping hand…
Bees LOVE sugary things, so if you find a drowsy or stranded bee, you can help boost its energy levels with a simple sugar-water mix. Mix two tablespoons of white sugar with one tablespoon of water then pour into an egg cup. This acts as artificial nectar, so if you pop it outside near some flowers of foliage, the bee will soon find it and drink it up.
Wednesday 21st June: ‘Plant Bee-Friendly Seeds’ day
However you use your garden space, we all enjoy the colourful rewards of planting flowers and shrubs – bees too. Not only will they make your garden the envy of Alan Titchmarsh, but planting the right kinds of flowers can make whole new habitats for our lovely bees. Bees love:
• English Lavender
• Common Jasmine
• Sweet William
• Rose Campion
• Dame’s Violet
So, get your seeds and get planting!
Thursday 22nd June: ‘Crafty Bee’ day
One for the kids and the big kid in you, from colouring in your very own campsite scene to creating your own bee-kind mask, there will be activities available which the whole family can enjoy together. Download our Bee Kind packs here.
Friday 23rd June: ‘Cook with Honey’ day
Embrace your inner chef with some delicious honey-inspired recipes. Did you know, eating your locally produced honey can also go a long way towards alleviating symptoms of hay fever? We love ours drizzled over roasted carrots; or poured over fresh berries and Greek yoghurt…(or in the occasional hot toddy for those cooler nights!)
Saturday 24th June: ‘Bee kind and make a donation’ day
These humble bumbles need our help and support and the best way of doing that is donating a few pence to The Bumblebee Conservation Trust. We are delighted to partner with the charity on our Bee Kind campaign and help protect bee habitats in the UK. That’s why on ‘Bee kind and make a donation’ day, we’re asking you to dig deep and help a bee in need! Even one pound can go a long way…
Sunday 25th June: Photograph a Bee Day
Show off your finest bee photography and share your snaps on social media using hashtag #BeeKindWeek. You never know, you might be the next David Bee-ley (sorry…)
*March 2017 survey by Camping in the Forest of 2,000 people in the UK.