Get buzzing for bees

Several organisations are joining forces to organise a special half-term event, as part of the exciting Darwin Festival 2013. Taking place in February at the Hive Music and Media Centre; the Vanishing of the Bees event aims to highlight the plight of the humble Bee in Britain, through fun, interactive activities and the power of cinema.

Bees are disappearing at an alarming rate and nobody really knows the reasons why. There will be an informative screening of the absorbing documentary Vanishing of the Bees on Friday February 22, which will tell the shocking truth behind the declining bee population and explore one of the biggest mysteries of the natural world today! The screening is being hosted by the Shrewsbury Film Society and has been sponsored by the Mid-Counties Co-operative's Plan Bee campaign.

The film will start at 2:30pm and tickets cost £5 for adults and £3 for under 16s and members of the Film Society. Tickets can be booked by calling the Hive on 01743 234970.

There will also be further activities after the screening of Vanishing of the Bees, running from 3:30pm until 5:00pm. 'Get Buzzing' will show people how to encourage bees into their back gardens and outdoor spaces. People are invited to join Brian Goodwin from the Shropshire Beekeepers' Association, for an open session on the practical steps that everyone can easily take to help protect bees. There will be hands-on activities, resources, advice and demonstrations on bee-keeping and wildlife gardening. This further event is supported by Shropshire Wildlife Trust and the Midcounties Co-operative, entry is free but with charges for certain activities.

Habib Malik-Mansell of the Hive said "Bees are a vital and important part of the natural world - and we are pleased to be working in partnership with the other organisations involved, to bring this engaging documentary to the big screen, as well as a variety of other activities which promise to be of interest to all ages".

For more information call the Hive on 01743 234970 or visit www.hiveonline.org.uk/

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