Did you know that there are 275 different kinds of bumblebee in the world? Neither did we!
At Camping in the Forest, we have an abundance of incredible wildlife around our UK campsites and this year we are championing bees! Alarmingly, our recent survey* revealed that 22% of us now only ever see bees in the great outdoors once every six months or less, and 9% of us rarely ever spot a bee in the UK.
So, that’s why we’re joining forces with wildlife expert, Chris Packham, to launch the UK’s first Bee Kind Week, from 19th June – 25th June, to highlight the plight of the bumblebee and really create a buzz about bees!
Chris commented: “Bees are on the decline worldwide, yet most the public aren’t aware of this, nor are they aware of the enormous impact they have on our ecosystem. That’s why I’m thrilled to be working with Camping in the Forest on the UK’s first ever Bee Kind week! Getting involved in bee conservation is a great way for the whole family to learn how to protect these precious species, while spending more time together as a family.
“I would urge anyone to get involved, whether it’s finding out how to feed them or what plants to plant to attract them to your garden , it’s easy to do your bit and help the bees!”
Download our Bee Kind Week pack, it's full of recipes, activities for kids and even a bee identification guide!
So what’s Bee Kind week?
Well, it’s all about raising awareness of our humble bumbles and the good news is you can get involved too. Over the duration of the week, we will share lots of exciting content that you can get involved with to highlight the plight of the bee, and we’ve even shared a sneak peek below:
BEE KIND WEEK
Monday 19th June: Bee Aware Day
When you see a bee, is your first reaction to run away? If so, you’re not alone. 24%* of us said they would either wave their arms frantically or run away. We want to change the perception of these misunderstood stripy natives and prove why they really are the bees knees. So Monday, is all about Bee awareness…
Tuesday 20th June: Feed a Bee Day
Whether you’re camping, walking in the countryside or spending some time in the garden, there’s plenty of things you can do to help care for bees and help make a difference. Bees LOVE sugared water so if you see a bee, mix a little sugar with some warm water and give a bee a good meal.
Wednesday 21st June: Plant Bee-Friendly Seeds Day
However you use your garden space, we all enjoy the colourful rewards of planting flowers and shrubs – bees too. Not only will they make your garden the envy of Alan Titchmarsh, but planting the right kinds of flowers can make whole new habitats for our lovely bees.
Thursday 22nd June: Bee Crafts Day
Get the whole family creative in the name of bees! From colouring in your very own bee to creating your own Bee Kind badge, this is an activity the whole family can enjoy together.
Bee-crafty by downloading our kids activity pack.
Friday 23rd June: Cook With Honey Day
Embrace your inner chef and whip up some delicious campsite-inspired honey dishes. Did you know that eating your locally produced honey can go a long way towards alleviating symptoms of hay fever? We love ours with fresh berries and Greek yoghurt…or in the occasional hot toddy for those cooler nights.
Download our Bee Kind recipes:
Gooey, sticky honey and orange chicken
Sausages with salsa
Goats cheese, honey and thyme wedges
Saturday 24th June: ‘Bee kind and make a donation’ day
These humble bumbles need our help and support and the best way of doing that is donating a few pence to The Bumblebee Conservation Trust. They do some incredible work to protect bee habitats in the UK and even just one pound can go a long way, so dig deep and help a bee in need.
Sunday 25th June: Photograph a Bee Day
From Monday 12th June – Sunday 25th June, we’re asking you to share your bee pictures! Wildlife expert and keen photographer Chris Packham will be picking his favourites at the end of Bee Kind Week. The finest photography will win a Go Pro camera, with camping merchandise and bee notepads on offer for runners up. Sunday will be your last chance to share your snaps of bees via Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using #BeeKindWeek – don’t miss out! Terms and conditions apply.
Don’t forget if you’re staying at one of our sites 19th - 25th June, ask your Site Manager about what you can do to get involved in Bee Kind week and they will supply you with a free Bee Kind pack so you can take part.
Download our bee identification guide.
So let’s get busy and create a buzz about bees!...
*March 2017 survey by Camping in the Forest of 2,000 people in the UK.