What is Bee City?
Bee City is an exciting project to involve the city community in learning about wild bees, in fun creative ways. We are asking YOU to make this project amazing by doing your bit! Scroll down for ideas of ways you might be involved.
Its all about the forgotten pollinators - solitary bees, and we will be explaining why our gaze will not be at honey bees.
Skip to some practical Top Tips for helping wild bees.
Bee City encourages city residents to get involved in a variety of ways, from requesting our free schools workshop PDF's to holding a bee talk for your local group or community, to making your garden more bee friendly.
Central to the whole project is our Salisbury Bee Trail.
Click here for a recent interview about that.
Book a talk all about Wild Bees, get in touch here.
And Watch this...
Now you know a bit about the diversity of wild bees, here are some ways that you, your group, your school or your organisation can get involved -
Book a talk or presentation on wild bees and the Bee City project.
Do some Bee friendly planting in your garden or a community space.
Sponsor the Salisbury Bee Trail - Request info here
Commission a bee survey on your land.
Sponsor a bee hotel at The Secret Garden Salisbury.
Create an art or craft installation or piece of work based on solitary bees.
Write something perhaps? If its great we will happily add it to our web page.
Take photos of bees, and get learning! Share your new bee wisdom.
Something arty and fun perhaps? Create a project yourselves, after learning about solitary bees and exploring how diverse and important they are. Get creative! Get your local community involved! Maybe your street could have bee boxes on sunny verges or the local orchard, or a yearly wild bee day?
Create a wild bee discovery day at school/ plant a hedgerow for spring bees?
Create your own art work and information based on what you learn, and give that out to your local community - make a day of it!
But what ever you do - please let us know so we can shout about it too.
Green up your grey walls
Have you got a really unsightly wall at your work place, school or house? We are trying to encourage some vertical solitary bee friendly planting, and we can give you lots of ideas of plants to grow that will suit bees! This is an easy but really helpful thing to do. Get in touch for info or advice on any of the above, and see our news pages for things already happening in our Bee City project, maybe you will feel inspired.
Ok I understand the project goals, so where do I start?
Once you are armed with some vital top tips about solitary bees, via our film and other resources here -
Think up your own way of highlighting the vast array of wild solitary bees to your chosen community area! In addition to having fun with Bee City - this is a really great way to promote your local community, group or business too. We will help trouble shoot if needed. Get in touch with any questions.
Well done for already getting involved -
to the Trussell Trust.
Salisbury International Arts Festival
Salisbury Art Centre
Sponsors of the Bee Trail
Friends of Harnham Slope
First Steps Nursery
Friends of Victoria Park
Downton Green Group
And LOTS of schools who are working on our Bee focused workshops.