Girl guides save the bees

A GIRL guide from Bradford on Avon who was inspired by a climate emergency meeting has made pollinator hotels to protect bees in the town.

Ellie Davis launched the project after listening to a talk from Bernard Steele on bees and the dangers they face in today’s climate.

Enlisting the help of her Great Uncle, Ellie had several pollinator hotel cases made, which she then took along to a bee themed evening at the Guides this week.

She also invited Bernard Steele, to talk to the other Guides about beekeeping and her former Westwood-with-Iford Primary School‘s headteacher and radio host, Ian Rockey to conduct an interview on the project.

In addition, she invited Steering Group members Cllr Alex Kay, and town council communications officer, Lydia Booth, to help spread the word about the project.

After the talk, the Guides worked together to fill the insect hotels with suitable materials such as hollow sticks, bark, pine cones which enable pollinators and insects of all kinds to find safe refuge over winter.

Guide leader Bryony Green said: “We really enjoyed learning all about bees and their importance in the environment.

“The evening also provided an opportunity for the Guides and Rangers to take some action about something they feel strongly about.

“The whole event was brilliantly devised and co-ordinated by Ellie.

“We are looking forward to seeing the insect houses being well used and providing homes for local pollinators.”

Cllr Alex Kay added: “We are thrilled that Ellie attended the Steering Group meeting and was inspired to create this wonderful project as a result.

“We’ve been so impressed by her initiative and capacity to see this project through from concept to realisation and she really is another star of her generation, determined to make a difference and reverse the damage done to our planet and ecosystems.”

The hotels will be positioned in various locations throughout the parish.

If you are undertaking a project related to the Climate Emergency or Biodiversity and live in Bradford on Avon or surrounding area, please contact Bradford on Avon town council by visiting

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