What’s That Bumblebee: New wildlife app makes it easier to identify the UK’s eight most common species

The Bumblebee Conservation Trust has launched a new wildlife app which makes it easier to identify some of the UK’s most common species of bumblebees. The new app, entitled What’s That Bumblebee, offers a brief description of eight of the most common species, and allows users to compare similar species side-by-side. In total there are 24 bumblebee species in the UK, but the most common … Continue reading What’s That Bumblebee: New wildlife app makes it easier to identify the UK’s eight most common species

Vulkan Beehive: Hexagonal-shaped wooden beehives housing more than 150,000 bees on an Oslo rooftop

A pair of hexagonal-shaped wooden structures above a food market in Oslo, Norway is providing a home for around 160,000 bees while educating visitors on the importance of these pollinators and respecting the environment. Known as The Vulkan Bigård (The Vulkan Beehive) project, the wooden beehives were installed on the rooftop of the Mathallen food market in 2014 by designers Snøhetta. The beehives are well-placed … Continue reading Vulkan Beehive: Hexagonal-shaped wooden beehives housing more than 150,000 bees on an Oslo rooftop

The Pollinators — Graffiti Lux Art & More

This sweet mural by Nick Sweetman, is an awareness tribute, … to some of the most important pollinators on our planet. The mural turns 3 corners. I will do my best to show it left to right. The above shot was taken from across the street. Cars, vans, trucks and busses dominated 19 of the […] via The Pollinators — Graffiti Lux Art & More Continue reading The Pollinators — Graffiti Lux Art & More

Netherlands city transforms bus stops into bee stops with plant-topped roofs

The roofs of more than 300 bus stops have been transformed into a plant haven for bees in the city of Utrecht, the Netherlands. Covered with mainly sedum plants, which are succulents that can help purify the air, the 316 bus stops are now attracting honey bees and bumblebees, as well as butterflies. The roofs will also capture fine dust and store rainwater. The roofs … Continue reading Netherlands city transforms bus stops into bee stops with plant-topped roofs

b-box: Urban-friendly hive aims to encourage the bee population and a colony of home beekeepers

b-box is encouraging people to help the bee population by becoming beekeepers with their compact plywood-enclosed colony – their first ever hive designed for home beekeeping on balconies or in backyards. The b-box, designed by Italian company beeing, is made predominantly of wood that has been cut into panels and layered with polycarbonate to create a warm exterior. Together, these materials form the main structure, … Continue reading b-box: Urban-friendly hive aims to encourage the bee population and a colony of home beekeepers

Bees and Wasps: What are the differences

Summer months bring with it a plethora of flying creatures including bees and wasps. Bees and wasps are often mistaken for one another because of their similar shape and colour, but on closer inspection they are very different in appearance as they are very different in personality and characteristics too. So what are the differences between bees and wasps? Bees Appearance: Honey bees are oval … Continue reading Bees and Wasps: What are the differences

Why should you Care about Pollinators [Infographic] — ecogreenlove

Bees and other pollinators, such as butterflies, bats and hummingbirds, are increasingly under threat from human activities. Invasive insects, pesticides, land-use change and monocropping practices may reduce available nutrients and pose threats to bee colonies. To raise awareness of the importance of pollinators, the threats they face and their contribution to sustainable development, the UN designated 20 May as World Bee Day. via Why should you … Continue reading Why should you Care about Pollinators [Infographic] — ecogreenlove

Wild West End: Creating a hospitable place for wildlife on rooftops above busy shopping district

London’s West End is a busy shopping metropolis where some of you may have ventured out to to do your Christmas shopping. But above the shop floors and high up on to the rooftops of some of these buildings is  a welcome space for flora and fauna to thrive. The team responsible for these green spaces is Wild West End – a partnership between West … Continue reading Wild West End: Creating a hospitable place for wildlife on rooftops above busy shopping district

Seattle’s Sea-Tac Airport’s flight path for both jets and queen bees

Seattle’s Sea-Tac Airport is not only home to a fleet of planes, but it also home to flying objects of the natural world – bees. Around 36 bee hives filled with thriving honeybees are located in three different apiaries around the airfield. The hives have been in place at Sea-Tac since 2013, when the Port of Seattle joined forces with local nonprofit The Common Acre to establish … Continue reading Seattle’s Sea-Tac Airport’s flight path for both jets and queen bees

Sun, Sand, Beach & the Bees: Bee Workshop for kids at Dock Beach

Combine a fun trip to the beach with your kids and get them learning more about bees. London honey producers, Bermondsey Street Bees will be hitting the beach at Royal Docks this Saturday for a special children’s workshop. The interactive workshop features four activities including dressing up in bee-suits and gloves; tasting local Custom House Honey; a touch-pool including bee-wax comb, pollen, propolis and other bee items; … Continue reading Sun, Sand, Beach & the Bees: Bee Workshop for kids at Dock Beach