The Beeline Project

Calling all Christ Church Beeliners!

Making a Beeline to Conservation is a project that started on a cold November day a few years ago.  The children walked around the neighbourhood and planted 5000 daffodil and bluebell bulbs to provide early nectar for the bees. Lots of children then wanted to get involved in conservation and became known as the Beeliners.  In Spring this year lots of children joined the Beeliners club and planted seeds and made some lovely mosaics for the knot garden.  This is your chance to get involved again or maybe for the first time.

The summer holiday is a great time to do things such as the big butterfly count or perhaps grow some flowers and I would like to invite you keep in touch and let us know what you are doing to help wildlife.  Many exciting things are happening in the garden and all around you and we’d love to hear about them.

You may have a fabulous photo you would like to share with us or perhaps a little story about what have done to help the birds and insects that depend on you.  If so, then send them to:   We will be checking the emails every week and will try to publish as much as we can to our web page. Don’t worry if you can’t get onto the web or you don’t have a digital camera, just write on ordinary paper!  Or you could draw a picture of some of the things you have seen.  Bring it into school when you come back in September and we will scan it and publish your work then.

I am very lucky to have lots of birds and insects in my garden and here are some pictures we have taken recently.

This amazing creature is a Southern Hawker larvae.  It looked just like a transformer with its shiny metallic casing!  It was on a lily pad in our pond for a couple of days until it finally emerged as a huge dragonfly.

Nettle leaves can sting but these caterpillars (100’s of them) need them to live. They will become the beautiful Comma butterfly.   We don’t mind caterpillars eating a few of our cabbages or slugs eating a few flowers.  You can’t be picky with nature because everything depends on everything else to survive.

This is called a Beautiful Demoiselle.  And it really does live up to its name!  It’s quite big and caught my eye as it was fluttering around our pond.  The wings look as though they are made of silk and although the wings look black they shimmer with an electric blue colour – wonderful.

Birds are all very busy now, feeding their young and some are still making nests and preparing for a second or third brood.  Putting out seed is a great way to boost their energy levels.  Having few snails and bugs in your garden is an easy way and doesn’t cost anything.  So next time you are see a few slugs think about how happy you are making the baby birds!

This baby sparrow liked to eat the greenfly on the daisies.

Two little blue tits sitting on the edge of the bucket.  The sparrow and great tit are splashing inside.

Fresh clean water is also very important.  Birds need to drink and keep their feathers clean so they are waterproof and flexible.  A pond is brilliant of course but you can do other things even if you don’t have space or the money to build one.  I filled an old bucket with stones for a platform and then added some water.  I set it down on a bench for a few minutes while I went off to get a well-earned cup of tea and a biscuit.  When I came back, these two were already splashing about, with a little queue of birds hovering around waiting for their turn.

So, come on, tell us what you are doing to help wildlife and remember to check out our website for tips on what you can do in the holiday and take a look at how the Beeliners are making a difference.  Beeliner badges will be presented to everyone who has their story or photo or drawing published on the website.