To gather first hand information on bee conservation we met with Dr Jeff Davey who is a research technician from UWE. He takes care of honey bee hives that are located on campus grounds as well as hives on his allotment. Jeff also works with school children to teach them about bees using various methods that range from live demos to having children play act being bees. He creates videos for them and told us that he usually keeps them short as children sometimes have a shorter attention span. Another method he uses is having the children make models of a hives contents to get hands on experience with the hive, which is usually an intangible experience for them. The information that he gave us was helpful in understanding not only bee conservation but how to make learning fun for children in primary schools.
We spoke with Jeff about the issue of habitat loss and he said that while honey bee numbers are strong due to concentrated honey farming many other types of bees were in trouble. We learned that solitary bees make up the majority of bee species in the UK and due to development of land they are struggling to survive and numbers are dwindling.