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Town Clerk: Janet Wheeler
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OX11 7HN

Bee and Pollination Facts

Almost 90% of wild plants and 75% of leading global crops depend on animal pollination. That is why pollinators such as bees, wasps, moths, butterflies, birds and more are so important.

A pollinator is anything that helps carry pollen from the male part of the flower (stamen) to the female part of the same or another flower (stigma).

Pollination:

  1. Pollen is carried by insects or blown by the wind from one flower to another. This process is called pollination.
  2. Pollen reaches the new flower and travels to the ovary where it fertilises egg cells (ovules) to make seeds. This is fertilisation.
  3. The seeds are scattered by animals or the wind. This process is called dispersal. Some of the seeds will grow into new plants.

Fun Bee Facts:

  • Bees have four life stages: egg, larvae, pupae, and adult.
  • Honey bees pollinate approximately one third of the food we consume.
  • The name 'Melissa' is derived from the Greek word for honey bee.
  • Honey bees make honey from pollen and nectar collected from flowers.
  • All sorts of fruit and vegetables are pollinated by honey bees, such as broccoli and squash, apples and almonds.
  • Honey has a virtually eternal shelf-life if kept sealed and apparently honey found in the pharaohs' tombs in Egypt was still edible after 3,000 years

Types of Bees:

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