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Buzzing about Bees at WWB

The Honey Bees at WWB

Bees at WWB

 

At WWB we want to provide a  full and varied curriculum for all  our pupils, which includes extending the learning and life experiences of our children through our many and varied activities and clubs.

By establishing an apiary within our fantastic school grounds and utilising the experience and enthusiasm of beekeepers within our school and those from the Bee Center, we  hope to bring exciting new opportunities for our children, staff, parents and wider school community as well as playing our part in protecting and enhancing our natural environment.

Creating a small apiary will provide the children with many exciting cross curricular opportunities 

Our Bee journey has just begun at WWB. There has been a real 'buzz' of excitement from the staff involved and especially the children. Simon and Cath, from the Bee Centre in Chorely, came and delivered training to the new WWB Bee Team (We haven't quite agreed that this is the right name for us just yet!)

As part of our package, the school has received 3 hives, equipment needed to inspect the hives and suits for two adults and 6 children. We can't wait to get started fully but have to allow the bees to settle in before we start disturbing. (There may be a wait for all you honey lovers too, as we need to establish and let everything build up.)

One hive has been set up and we have around 10,000 bees working away for the Queen! They will be back to help us get the hive ready for winter and then in Spring to split it into to the other hives.

 

 

Here are a few interesting bee facts

  • Bees are the only insect in the world that make food that people can eat.
  • Honey contains all of the substances needed to sustain life, including enzymes, water, minerals and vitamins.
  • Eating honey can help make you smarter! It is the only food to contain ‘pinocembrin’ that is an antioxidant that improves brain function.
  • One bee will only make 1/12 of a teaspoon on honey in its entire life.
  • Many plants rely on insects like bees in order to be pollinated; which is why they provide nectar to say thanks
  • A colony of bees can contain between 20,000 and 60,000 bees, but only one queen bee. 

Training day and our Bee Team

Bee Safety

Honey bees sting only as a last resort, when a worker bee stings, she is mortally wounded and dies. Careful handling and quiet behaviour at the hive therefore reduce the risk of a sting, but suffering the occasional  sting cannot be ruled out for anyone dealing directly with bees.
 
Wearing appropriate protective clothing is essential, as this too, significantly reduces the chance of being stung. The sting apparatus of the honey bee has its own ganglion, (nerve mechanism) the sting is barbed and fixes into skin, once embedded, it is torn from the bee’s abdomen, and the apparatus continues to pump venom until the sting is removed.  
 
The sting therefore should be extracted as quickly as possible to minimise the dose of venom.  Contrary to the information in many text books, it makes no difference whether the sting is pinched out of the skin or flicked out. The valve mechanism in the sting apparatus prevents the flow of venom even when the sting is squeezed or squashed.  It is simply important to remove the sting as rapidly, by whatever means is easily available.

 

 

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