Despite having a face for radio, I thought I'd take a deep breath and venture into the world of 'media'. Many years ago, as part of my teacher training, I was taught that we don't all learn the same way. Some people prefer to read, some to experience, some to watch.
I decided to create a range of videos, from what I hope are slightly informative pieces, to the showcasing of products that are offered by companies who support the Bumblebee Conservation Trust, or reviewing products that might help some of us on our journey to becoming more eco-friendly. I recently learnt that I'm not the only person out there who has begun to make more considered choices since having been inspired by wanting to help bees.
Friends have said that I have a calming tone, and although the idea is slightly embarrassing, I have also pencilled in some more general 'wellness' video content. I'm very mindful of the importance of mental health - if we look after ourselves, we will be in a better position to help our environment. If these help anyone to relax a little, then that's super.
This is my first attempt at a video. It is an introduction to me, why I'm trying to battle my anxiety to help bees, and a brief stab at a review of a really useful book - 'Bumblebees, An Introduction.' I don't think I did it justice.
In my second video, I decided to spend £50 on treats with a company that supports the Bumblebee Conservation Trust - Nectar and Bumble - and 'unbox' and share my haul. I think there are some lovely gift/treat ideas in there.
There are a fair few bee-hotel designs which are less than ideal, Some are designed more with our aesthetic wishes in mind, and some are just not really thought through. This is an informal chit-chat with some tips of what to look out for when buying a bee-hotel, or elements to think about when designing/ building your own.
I bought the tubes and bee hotels I featured in this video from: https://www.masonbees.co.uk/