Beekeeping Group Trunch
Volunteers welcome – please contact Michele on 01263 720649 or send us an email.
See more details on Trunch Beekeeping Website
“In the UK about 70 crops are dependent on, or benefit from, visits from bees. In addition, bees pollinate the flowers of many plants which become part of the feed of farm animals. The economic value of honey bees and bumble bees as pollinators of commercially grown insect pollinated crops in the UK has been estimated at over £200 million per year.
Bees are in danger of disappearing from our environment. Farming practices continue to disturb the natural habitats and forage of solitary and bumblebees at a rate which gives them little chance for re-establishment. The honey bee is under attack from the varroa mite and it is only the treatment and care provided by beekeepers that is keeping colonies alive. Most wild honey bee colonies have died out as a result of this disease.
These factors, coupled with a decline in the number of beekeepers in the UK, have prompted the production of the ‘Bees in the Curriculum’ Schools pack by the British Beekeepers Association (BBKA). Attitudes to bees must change and a new generation needs to be educated into the value of bees and the threats to their existence.” (British Beekeepers Association)
pictures by Lutz Stallknecht/M. Großmann/Bernd Langur
BRINGING THE WORLD OF BEEKEEPING TO A LOCAL SCHOOL
Guided by Charlene Pinkham, a member of the Trunch Beekeeping Group, our beekeepers Michele Horsefield, Julia Smith and Liz Miles visited North Walsham Junior School to give the children an insight into the life of honey bees, caring for them and the honey making process.