Bees Needs Week 2020 13-19 July 

The BBKA will be sharing our favourite beekeeping moments on our social media: sharing our members photos of their beekeeping under lockdown and our most popular stories from the last 12 months. Follow us on social media 

Winners of the Bees Needs Week Awards for 2020 included Manchester & District Beekeepers Association - they have an excellent video about their work here
For more about the 2020 Winners

What is Bees Needs Week?

BeesNeeds Week is an annual event coordinated by Defra, working alongside charities, businesses, conservation groups and academic institutions to raise awareness of bees and other pollinators, This year due to Covid19 it'll be an  online event by sharing stories and videos through social media. So there won’t be a pop-up shop in Carnaby this year given the restrictions.

  • Raising awareness of bees and other pollinators
  • Bees’ and other pollinators aee vital for  growing lots of our favourite foods and for plants to flourish in our fields and gardens

    There are 5 simple actions everyone can take for pollinators:
    • Grow more flowers, shrubs and trees
    • Let your garden grow wild
    • Cut your grass less often
    • Don’t disturb insect nest and hibernation spots
    • Think carefully about whether to use pesticides

    Some of the BBKA pages will help you 

    What Bee is this?

    BBKA have just launched our new page to help with the hundreds of enquiries we have from the public every year.


    Project Bees in Schools Planning Guideline documents for keeping bees at School

    Managing your apiary, time commitment

    Schools' beekeeping management plan

    Model rules for the Apiary

    Model risk assessment

    Schools then they have access to Bees in the Curriculum which has a range of educational materials for use in the classroom.

    The Junior Beekeeping Certificate in 2019 was taken by 37 children, with 22 the previous year.

    Schools projects include the Heron Hill and Ashbrow School. These schools have continued during lockdown and share and support their social media.

    Resources from other organisations

    National Insect Week – Links to loads of learning resources

    The Bee Cause- a pack for Educators (Friends of the Earth)

    Plants for Pollinators- Teaching Resources Countryside Classroom

    STEM Pollination Resources

    BBC- Science KS1 / KS2: What is pollination and how does it work?




    Grow Wild- Pollinator Resources

    Campaign for School Gardening website -,8:&page=2
    The pollinating insects spotter guide is quite nice -
    , together with the  easy annuals list here
    Or for info on flowers and pollinators see

    Learning through landscapes


    Mission Invertebrate- Royal Parks


    Bumblebee Conservation Trust 

    -Children's fun and learning activities

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    13 June 2019 
    Bees’ Needs Week is a week long campaign from 8-14 July 2019 to help raise awareness of bees and other pollinators. 

    During Bees’ Needs Week, London’s world-famous shopping destination is renamed ‘Carnabee Street’ and transformed into a hive of activity. 

    The iconic Carnaby Street arch has been given a bee-themed makeover and a popup ‘Hive’ will open at 3 Newburgh Street from 8-14 July, with a host of educational and fun games, installations and talks.
    This will include: 

    • A bumblearium giving visitors the chance to get close to the bee action 
    • Virtual Reality headsets to experience the inner workings of a bumblebee nest
    • Honey Tasting
    • The chance to look at specimens of bees up close, using microscopes

    More information is available at: on twitter using #BeesNeeds