The Bee Friendly Monmouthshire team set up its stand in the Country Matters area of Monmouth Show alongside Bees for Development, Monmouthshire Meadows, Forest of Dean beekeepers and the Wye Valley Apiaries honeybee observation tent. This area attracted a large number of visitors interested in finding out more about native wild flowers and pollinating insects, not just honeybees but all manner of other bees, beetles and flies. In spite of frequent downpours the Show was well attended and over 50 packets of Monmouthshire Mix wild flower seed were sold.
Our flower quiz proved an attraction not just for visitors testing their knowledge of plants but also for several hungry pollinating insects.
The children’s quiz gave families a chance to study and learn from our information boards and keep out of the rain! Our (abandoned) wasps nest constructed in a blue tit nesting box was quite a hit with the children, most of whom had never seen one before.
If you missed us at the Monmouth Show we will be at the Usk Show on Saturday September 12th. There will be seeds on sale again- it’s not too late to sow them before the end of autumn – and Bee Friendly Signs to plant in your pollinator-friendly gardens.