Be a bee activity

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'Be a bee' is an activity about pollination and food security designed to prompt further outdoor learning and discussion about the benefits we get from nature. Be a bee participants forage amongst different species of ‘flowers’ collecting ‘nectar’ with their ‘honeybee’ or ‘bumblebee’ (plastic syringes) before returning to fill the ‘hive’ or ‘nest’. Participants discover that they transfer ‘pollen’ (glitter) between flowers, with fruit produced if the pollen matches. 

The core activity was designed for 7-11 year olds in the context of a science festival, with the resource pack primarily aimed at researchers and STEM ambassadors.  However, there are plenty of ideas for adaptation for different ages/abilities and a classroom setting.  For example, it can be used to support learning on:

  • life cycles
  • positive & negative human impact on the environment
  • how animals and plants depend upon each other

The pack is in three versions to link with the regional curricula.  Packs also include researcher career profiles and further resources.  Some of the activity materials can be loaned for short periods to schools or ambassadors during 2016, so please get in touch at  This is a resource from the Biodiversity and Ecosystem Service Sustainability research programme 


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