Our Biodiversity Mascot went to visit 2nd Class, St. Peter’s Bray. She is now on her way home to us.
Do read their post about her visit HERE. If you want to find out more about Brigid just type her name
into the search box at the top right hand corner.
of our page.
Polly the Polar Bear, has come to visit St. Brigid’s Greystones,
all the way from St. Peter’s in Bray.
She has come to visit Brigid the Biodiversity Bee
and has told her all about Polar Bears
and why they are endangered.
Now it is Brigid’s turn,
to tell Polly all about bees.
‘Well first, said Brigid,
‘it is important to know about the important job bees do:
You can read more about
that important job of pollinating flowers HERE.
Why are bees endangered?
Well you can find out the answer to this question
if you click on THIS LINK.‘
‘We’ve done a lot of good work,’ said Polly.
I think it is time,
I thought about getting back to Bray…’
Watch out 2nd Class, St.Peter’s,
Polly the Polar Bear is
on her way back to you 🙂
2nd Class, Room 19 already studied owls. Now it was the turn of 1st Class, Room 8. Here are are owls.We drew them in chalk. We hope you like them:
On the top lobby on the back stairs there is a display about bees and pollination. We call it the Pollination Station.
Included in the display is a pot of tulips. You can see the yellow pollen on the stamen.
The stigma is also very easy to see on the tulip flowers.
If you would like to read what we have found out about bees click on this link
or put the words ‘bees’ or ‘pollination’ into the search box on the top right corner of this page.
A ‘Bee’ Mystery
In some parts of the world, for example
honeybees are flying away from their hives and dying.
Empty hives are causing a lot of worry about some important food crops. Scientists are trying to figure out why bees are dying.
What makes this mystery really hard to solve is that bees are hard to study.
1. Most bees die away from the hive, so the scientists don’t have any dead bees to examine.
2. Bees have a natural life cycle and because if this when scientist return to a hive after even two weeks, about half the bees they studied on their first visit will be dead and they will be replaced by new ones.
3. Being a scientist detective is even trickier because, bees travel up to 3 kilometres away from their hive to find nectar from flowers. So that when bees become ill or poisoned, it is hard to know where the damage was done.
Scientists do have some ideas about what could be causing the bees to die.
1. They could be poisoned by insect sprays that people use to kill insects that are pests. Another name for these insect sprays are pesticides and insecticides.
2. We learned about overgrazing when we heard about what could happen if the Snow Leopard, for example disappeared from the food chain. See this link to find out. Overgrazing would mean the fields and meadows when the bees get their food would be destroyed.
3. Bees may not be getting enough food to be strong and healthy. This is also because the habitats where their food grows; meadows and fields and being taken over by building.
For example: Where we live around Greystones used be full of meadows, fields and forests. Now they are full of houses.
The hints that this happened are in the names of some of the estates.
1. So Heathervue was once a hillside covered in heather, whether the bees could collect nectar.
2. Perhaps there were cherry trees in Delgany before the houses in Cherry Glade and Cherry Drive were built.
There are other reasons too, that scientists think that the number of bees is falling.
1. They think that tiny insects called mites feed on bees.
2. Others think that it is a virus or bacteria that is damaging the bee population.
Most of all it is important to protect the bee population because they pollinates so many plants that become food for the human race.
Research by the students in fourth class.
We did some research today and found out which fruits and vegetables are pollinated by bees.
This is the list:
Apple,Blackberry, Blueberry, Cherry, Grape Kiwi, Lemon, Lime, Peach, Pear, Plum, Raspberry, Strawberry, Watermelon,
Beans, Chilli Pepper, Onion, Broccoli, Brussel Sprouts, Cabbage, Carrot, Cauliflower, Celery, Cucumber, Red and Green Peppers, Tomatoes,
Other Important Crops
Sunflowers and Cotton (also Flax)
There are less bees because of what people do.
People use insecticide to kill insects that are pests.
But insecticide kills bees too.
‘Overgrazing’ and building destroy the habitats where bees live.
We need bees, so that they can pollinate plants.
What would happen if there were no more bees?
Click here to see an interesting photograph!
Written and researched by Alexandra, Patrick, Stacey and Conor from 4th Class.