University of Leicester students create a buzz by providing new homes for bees

Posted by ap507 at Jul 14, 2016 12:13 PM |
University’s Students’ Union’s ‘Hungry for Change’ group installs new beehives at Brookfield as part of sustainability awareness initiative

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 14 July 2016

Images of the team available at: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/dz6wx9s53kfhad2/AACK_t5ipNM6yLh5hfG-c7TIa?dl=0

The University of Leicester has welcomed two new beehives at the Brookfield campus, Leicester, as part of a new sustainability awareness initiative.

Conceptualised by a group of more than 20 staff and students eager to learn more about beekeeping in November 2015, the new initiative aims to allow those interested to build hives and buy the required equipment to start beekeeping.

This comes in a bid to help raise awareness about the impact humans can have on the environment around us, and how acquiring and honing certain skills can help promote sustainable practice in years to come.

The staff and students responsible for the beehive installations are an offshoot group of the ‘Hungry for Change’ project, run by the University’s Students’ Union, and has afforded the rare opportunity for interested individuals at the University to learn and broaden their knowledge of beekeeping – ranging from bee anatomy and behaviour to pollination patterns. 

Beth Langley, President of the ‘Hungry for Change’ group, said: “Hungry for Change and our new beekeeping subgroup are really excited to have welcomed the bees to Brookfield! They're a fascinating addition to our allotment and we welcome anyone who wants to see these amazing creatures at work or help out with the hives to get in touch!”

Launched in 2013, the ‘Hungry for Change’ project aims to make students consider their actions and think about their eating habits, empowering students to make their own informed food choices. 

Recently University of Leicester students helped to build a series of ‘bug hotels’ throughout Leicester, an environmentally friendly initiative that has become very popular nationally in the past few years and puts emphasis on promoting biodiversity.

More information about the bug hotels is available here: http://www2.le.ac.uk/offices/press/press-releases/2016/june/university-of-leicester-students-to-help-2018bug-hotel2019-initiative-branch-out

The welcoming of the beehives follows another venture in sustainability awareness which was held on 8 June as part of the University’s ‘Sustainability Festival 2016’ in which a ‘Fruit and Veg Cake-Off’ took place to raise money for the ‘Bumblebee Conservation Trust’.

In keeping with this theme there was also a bumblebee workshop on Sunday 19 June at the University’s Botanic Garden which explored the foraging habits of bumblebees around flowering plants.

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Note to editors:

For more information about the ‘beekeeping’ project and the ‘Hungry for Change’ initiative, contact hungryforchange@le.ac.uk  

Facebook group: Hungry for Change

Bee Facebook group is: UoL Bee Keeping Interest Group and Twitter: @SUHungry4Change

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