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News Protecting endangered bees: news and resources round up
Will the controversial Europe-wide ban on neonicotinoids help the plight of the bee? We pull together the best news and teaching resources for you to investigate in class
Bees pollinate three quarters of all crops, not to mention thousands of wild flowers, and without them the world would be a very different place. But their numbers are in decline. In the past 100 years 20 species of British bee have become extinct, and now 35 more are at risk of extinction.
Last week, the use of three types of pesticides known as neonicotinoids were banned across Europe for the next two years. The ban has been hailed as a landmark victory for millions of environmental campaigners. But the bee rescue ban wasn't backed by the British government who said there wasn't enough evidence to support the ban and there's swarm of protest from industrial farmers and chemical producers who say this will lead to a loss of crop production and return to older chemicals even more hazardous to bees.
Here we pull together the best news stories, videos, infographics, teaching resources and websites to help you and your pupils explore bees in the science, English and art classroom.
From the Guardian
Bee-harming pesticides banned in Europe
Europe is enforcing the world's first continent-wide ban for two years on widely used insecticides called neonicotinoid pesticides which are alleged to cause serious harm to bees.
Bees and the European neonicotinoids pesticide ban: Q&A
Almost impossible to spell, what are neonicotinoids and what do they do? And what does the two-year ban really mean?
March of the Beekeepers - video
To the strains of 'Give bees a chance' hundreds of people, mostly dressed as bees, created a buzz about bee decline last weekend in London's Parliament Square.
What's the value of bees? Eco audit
Leo Hickman investigates with the help of experts who join him online and share some fascinating information and stats.
Insecticide firms in secret bid to stop ban that could save bees
This article, published the day before the vote in Brussels, sheds a light the UK government's relationship with big chemical companies and the industrial farming lobby, who were involved in intense lobbying to prevent the ban on neonicotinoid pesticides.
An imposing future for Middlesbrough's bees
Bees live the hive life in beautifully-constructed bee colonies based on landmarks of Middlesbrough. This article explains a fascinating project combining the science of beekeeping and art.
On the Guardian Teacher Network
Beginners guide to bees
Gorgeous guide to lifestyle and habits of ten different types of bees in the UK from the Wildlife Trusts, including the honeybee, white-tailed bumblebee, carder bee and tawny mining bee. Also find out how to build a bumblebee nest.
There are a number of yellow and black flying objects in our skies so how to tell a honey bee from a bumble bee and how not to mix up with a wasp or a hoverfly? This spotter's guide from the Woodland Trust's Nature Detectives reveals.
Plants need from insects, but particularly bees. Here's how. It's worth bearing in mind that 70 of the 100 most important food crops are pollinated by bees.
The beekeepers of Pitcairn
Fantastic resource on designing a conservation programme from ARKive a case study on the beekeepers of Pitcairn whose bee population had all but died out by 1978 forcing farmers to pollinate essential vegetable crops by hand until they imported Italian bees.
How do bees respire?
This fascinating interactive for key stage 3 students explains how insects give off heat and carbon dioxide.
Print, cut out, colour, fold down the dotted line to make a V shape and glue the fold together and hey presto, you've got yourself a bee plane!
Bumble board from Nature Detectives
Young children are invited on a bumbly bee adventure. Bees fly for miles looking for food. So pupils can buzz around like a bee, collecting bits and pieces along the way then stick the results on this on your bumble board. Also see this day in a life of a bee creative writing template.
Best of the web
Simply gorgeous and fascinating videos of bees pollinating flowers, from the primrose to the Himalayan balsam from ARKive, creators of a stunning record of life on Earth freely accessible to everyone.
Buzzing off: How dying bees affects you - infographic
Excellent infographic from beesfree.com on why honey bees are so important to us and what you can do to save the bees. The rest of the site is well worth investigating too.
This organisation believes keeping bees is a wonderful way to bring nature to the city and works with numerous schools around the UK.
The cooperative's campaign the address the decline in pollinators. Students can also download The Pollinator a free game for iPads and iPods in which they become a bee sent back from the future to save other bees from extinction.