Creating a Buzz at Go Wild!December 08th 2021
Ideal weather and fantastic activities brought nearly 5,000 visitors to the Go Wild! event in Pontllanfraith, in June, to mark the beginning of Biodiversity Week in Wales. One out of every three mouthfuls of food depends on pollination and yet half of our 27 bumblebee species are in decline so there was an opportunity to imaginatively mix fun and education.
For example, children fought for the survival of their hive on the ‘Battle of the Bees’ obstacle course by collecting as much pollen as they could whilst being sprayed with water; they threw seed-bombs to create a wildflower meadow, helped to build a bee hotel and nailed together a bee box to take home with them.
Local businesses played their part, too:
- Joyner P.A. Cymru Ltd. donated a bumblebee nest box for the winner of the ‘Best Dressed Pollinator’ in the fancy dress competition./li>
- Sainsbury’s (Pontllanfraith) donated products and a bee hive box following a competition to identify which items in a shopping trolley were reliant on pollination by insects.
- Amity Web Solutions Ltd. sponsored a ‘Bee Hotel’, made by Groundwork Caerphilly, to complete the ‘Battle of the Bees’ obstacle course.
Put into perspective, the economic value of bees as pollinators of commercially grown insect-pollinated crops in the UK has been estimated at over £200million per year (British Bee Keeping Association).