The University of Gloucestershire is joining forces with the Global Bee Project (GBP) and Stroud High School for the prestigious Royal Society’s 350th Anniversary Summer Science Exhibition.
From 2nd July they will be joining the exhibition as an invited exhibitor.
The Stroud High School has been working together with the University and The Global Bee Project on a Royal Society funded project to investigate the nesting behaviour of a very important group of pollinators – the “solitary bees”.
Their project was selected as one of the best schools partnerships and consequently they will be exhibiting their work and lots of bee-related material at London’s Festival Hall from the 2nd to the 4th of July.
While familiar with the honeybee and its furry cousins, the bumblebees, most of us don’t realise that there are more than 220 species of solitary bee in the UK.
These bees don’t live in hives or nests but live alone and are a crucial part of the ecosystem and our food production.
The Global Bee Project is raising awareness of all bee species and how we can all help by becoming “Bee Guardians”, a new initiative created by the Global Bee Project.
The Stroud High School research project will investigate what sort of bee house these bees prefer and feeds into research undertaken by the GBP and the University.
The GBP and the University hope to take the project to schools across the country.
Dr Adam Hart, Biosciences Lecturer and Scientific Director of the Global Bee Project commented: “With bees very much at the forefront of people’s minds, but with everyone focussed on honeybees, this work with Stroud High School could not be more timely. It is great to see projects on less “glamorous” bees being recognised by the Royal Society in their 350th Anniversary year”.

Source: University of Gloucestershire