• Diana Littlejohns

World Bee Day

As today is World Bee Day, this week I've been focusing my online workshops - Teaching Children Conservation Through Art - on bee conservation, along with other insects and key pollinators, namely butterflies, moths, bats and hummingbirds.

One third of all insects are endangered and forty percent are in decline worldwide, including some of our major pollinators, such as bees. Insects provide food for birds, bats, reptiles and small mammals and they also pollinate approximately seventy-five percent of all crops around the globe, allowing many plants to reproduce yielding much of the food that we eat, such as, nuts, fruits and vegetables, as well as things like cotton, without which cotton t-shirts would be a thing of the past. (https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/feb/10/plummeting-insect-numbers-threaten-collapse-of-nature).

All is not lost, however, as we can help! The children and I have been chatting about how buying local honey would benefit nearby beekeepers, planting nectar rich plants in our back gardens, between March and November, would encourage more of our yellow and black stripy friends into our green spaces. And, resulting from all this time we’re having at home due to COVID19, finding creative ways to help shelter and nourish insects would be a great way to fill the day.

Without our beloved bees and other essential pollinators, crops around the world would have difficulty producing food for us to eat, so insect conservation really is something worth giving a little thought to.

"Hi Diana, we LOVE Doodleswithmydaughter.co.uk... I can't get my boys to sit and listen like you do - you have a magical way with them x" From Lindsay, Mum of Woody and Monty who attended the workshop this morning, as they do every week.

If you're interested in your children joining one of my Conservation Art workshops, from four-years-old plus, please email info@doodleswithmydaughter.co.uk .

Please check out and share 1-click for bees at http://www.rootsandshoots.org/actions/be-there-forbees/

if you'd like to. More info on youth programmes can also be found at https://www.rootsnshoots.org.uk/ .