Environmental campaigner and bee expert Brigit Strawbridge was in Sark recently at the invitation of the ‘Art for the Love of Sark’ project. Brigit spent a day out and about with children from Sark School looking for bees and teaching the children about how they live. She also taught them some basic bee identification so that they could distinguish bumble, honey and solitary bees as well as spot the several types of fly who very cleverly mimic bees. Brigit also gave a talk to a packed audience at the Island Hall on the importance of bees, the threats they face and how we can help them. During her short stay on Sark Brigit was impressed with the sheer number of bees of all types on the island but warned against the impact mono culture has had on insect life on the British mainland and around the world where bee numbers have plummeted.
Pictures by Sue Daly L- R: L Brigit Strawbridge, M Brigit & Class three, N Red-tailed Bumble Bee, O Buff-tailed Bumble Bee