Zoology student presents project on bees to Primary Schools

At the end of February, the International Bee Research Association (IBRA) launched an International Bee education pack aimed at primary level children and Elinor Meloy (BSc Zoology student) gave a 10 minute presentation to around 100 guests who ranged from primary school children, teachers, MP’s and Academics.

Bees Elinor MeloyElinor was invited to speak about her dissertation project where she studied the social bumblebee species of Newport Wetlands (NNR) and their foraging behaviour over a 10 week period last summer, and to link this to the importance of educating the younger generations on Bees and the ecosystem services they provide in the role of pollination.

Elinor said "It was an amazing opportunity to talk to others about my work and I’m still in contact with Julian Rees the Operations Director of IBRA and hope to participate in future projects that they have underway. I also managed to catch up with Bob Derbyshire, a Cardiff Council MP, serving the Rumney Electoral Division and on the Environmental Scrutiny Committee who I presented to back in November. He informed me that Cardiff Council have ordered native wildflower seeds to sow along the grass verges ready for this spring and will reduce the mowing regime to provide foraging material around Cardiff for pollinators. This is amazing news and it proves that my talk to them in November was a success and has now influenced the policy making of Cardiff Council to benefit bees."