Young beekeepers a-buzz with excitement at nature club event on Wimbledon Common

Wimbledon Guardian: Sophie Kalckstein, seven, in a bee suit hat. Photo: Auriel Glanville Sophie Kalckstein, seven, in a bee suit hat. Photo: Auriel Glanville

Children were a-buzz with excitement at learning how to roll candles, make honey and put a beehive together.

Members of the Wimbledon Common Nature Club, supported by the London Wildlife Trust, hosted the youngsters on the common to learn about the life of a honey bee as part of an activity day.

Beekeeper Alison Pelikan was on hand to give a demonstration before the attendees went to the information centre to roll their own beeswax candles on Sunday, July 6.

Auriel Glanville, nature club leader, said: "We had a wonderful morning with eighteen children eager to learn about honey bees.

"They went away with a beeswax candle and a booklet on how to encourage bees, how to make a home for solitary bees and what wildflowers to grow with nourishing nectar for bees to live on."

Wimbledon Guardian:

Anna Kalckstein, five, with Alison Pelikan holding up part of the bee hive. Photo: Auriel Glanville. 

The nature club’s next session, a mini-beast safari, will be on Sunday, August 3, from 10am to 12pm at the information centre on the common.

There is a suggested donation of £2. 

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