Unique roadshow brings bumblebees’ world into classrooms
The portable pop-up roadshow has been given the 'wow' factor thanks to detailed giant models of the rare Bilberry bumblebee (Bombus Monticola), flowers showing how bumblebees use ultraviolet markings to locate pollen or nectar, and a bumblebee nest.
Andy Benson, Pollinating the Peak Education Officer, with B.E.E. models
Andy Benson, Pollinating the Peak Education Officer, demonstrating B.E.E. ultraviolet display
B.E.E. is transported to schools in a striking van, decked out with images of different bumblebee species. An accessible show for large groups of students or school assemblies then uses the over-sized models, ultraviolet light and images to tell the story of bumblebees – and the crash in their populations over the last 80 years, with two species becoming extinct in the UK.