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Bees have six legs, four wings and five eyes

There is only one queen per hive

There could be up to 40,000 worker bees, which are all female

Queens can live for several years

We need bees to pollinate our food

Bees cannot see the colour red

Bees only sting if they think they or their hive is in danger

Honey bees need to visit two million flowers to make one pound of honey

Honey bees communicate with one another using smell and also dance

A honey bee flaps its wings about 12,000 times per minute

A typical healthy hive may contain up to 60,000 honey bees during peak times

The average summertime honey bee lives only about 42 to 50 days

The average honey bee flies between 12 and 15 miles per hour

The average central temperature of the brood nest is kept between 92-95 degrees fahrenheit

Young honey bees are taught by the more experienced ones how to make honey


Schools from across the area have been visiting the hives and watching the bees at work from our special observatory, helping to create awareness of the importance of bees to our environment and economy.

Itís part of the companyís campaign to raise awareness of the honey bee and its importance to our environment and economy. Honey bee numbers are in decline globally and one of the ways we can draw attention to this is to fire up young minds and get them interested in honey bees. A visit to the Anglia Co-operative bee observatory and garden is a fun way of learning Ė and itís free. (All you have to do is provide your own transport.)

To find out more, please download our information sheet

The education visits are perfect for children aged between 5 and 9 (Years 1-4). Our hives should be open again from April 2011 until September 2011.

If you are interested in your school participating in an educational bee visit for next year, please fill out our entry form and we will contact you.

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