Honey sticks, football-playing bees, a hive visit for LSE staff – these are just a few of the things we had lined up for LSE Green Week.
How Bees Learn from Each Other: Talk by Prof Lars Chittka (1 March)
The most eagerly-anticipated event of the week was a talk by Prof Lars Chittka on How Bees Learn from Each Other. Prof Chittka is Professor of Sensory and Behavioural Ecology at QMUL and one of the world’s foremost experts on bee behaviour. He and his team have variously attached ‘licence plates’ to bees, studied whether bumblebees have ‘personalities’ and even investigated whether caffeine boosts bees’ memories.
LSE Honey Sale (1 March)
LSE Bees had their own stall in front of the Saw Swee Hock Student Centre, where we sold off our last few jars of honey and spread awareness about the importance of pollinators.
Apiary Open Days (1 & 2 March)
Our hive visits are usually restricted to society members only, but what better time than LSE Green Week to have an Apiary Open Day? In fact, we had not one but two open days – one for students and one for staff. The staff open day was particularly popular: the 30 available spaces got booked out within hours of being announced on the staff newsletter and their enthusiasm was rewarded with bright sunshine which meant active bees. Best of all, some of the first-time visitors liked it enough that they joined our society, so we will be seeing a lot more of them in the near future!