Please visit www.ynysbee.com to find out more about Ynysddu Primary School and their Interactive Bee Hive House, run by the Sirhowy Valley Honeybee Company.
The pupils of Ynysddu Primary School created the website as part of their work for the Lead Creative School Scheme. Here you will meet the pupils, teachers and most importantly Lorne, the beekeeper. Take your time and browse the website to learn more about the bee hive project.
The website includes the bee song, the life cycle of a bee, fun facts about bees, how we make and jar honey, an easy, medium and hard quiz plus lots of other useful information and resources.
Caerphilly Friends of the Earth - "Bee Friendly" initiative
Would you like your school to achieve "Bee Friendly" status?
As part of the Wales Action Plan for Pollinators, Wales Biodiversity Partnership launched the "Bee Friendly" initiative, to halt the decline in not just bee populations, but all pollinators.
Aimed at all organisations in Wales, to achieve “Bee Friendly” status you must demonstrate progress along four themes, which are as follows: -
Food – providing pollinator-friendly food sources in your area
Five-Star accommodation – providing places for insect pollinators to live
Freedom from pesticides and herbicides – committing to avoid chemicals that harm pollinators
Fun – involving all the community and telling people why you are helping pollinators
A good place to start could be with a bit of citizen science, completing a survey of your site for the Polli:Nation survey. Details of this can be found at https://www.opalexplorenature.org/pollination and here you will find lots of useful information on how to carry out the surveys and on identification of insects and flowering plants. A survey before you do anything else, and then another survey after a year could be used to provide evidence of progress and also provides another outstanding learning opportunity.
Finally, please let us at Caerphilly Friends of the Earth know of your involvement. We will be giving out our own certificates to schools who participate. This will all contribute to eventually getting “Bee Friendly” status for the county of Caerphilly. You can post a message on our Facebook page or email us through the following link: www.foe.co.uk/groups/caerphilly/contact