The beauty and importance of bumblebees have been inspiring artists for centuries and poetry is one medium which can, and has, been used effectively to communicate important messages about the plight of these vital creatures.
Poetry is also an excellent way to encourage children to observe, learn and think about bumblebees. Here at the Bumblebee Conservation Trust we regularly receive phonecalls from parents and teachers who are worried about their childrens' safety because they have discovered a bumblebee nest in their gardens at home or at school. Our approach is always to encourage the callers to use the opportunity to teach their children to respect bumblebees and observe their wonderful behaviour from a safe distance. Linking this to art projects (be it bumblebee finger painting or creative writing) can add an extra element of fun.
BBCT supporter Kris Spencer did just that when he discovered a bumblebee nest under his shed.