PUPILS at a Hagley school were buzzing with excitement when they received a visit from a member of the British Beekeepers’ Association (BBA).

Nick Templar, from the BBA, visited Hagley Primary School to talk to the children about the importance of bees.

During the talk, Nick spoke to pupils about his work as a beekeeper, explained how the bees are under threat and told them about the types of plants bees need to survive.

Vanessa Payne, headteacher, said: “The children really enjoyed the talk from Nick. They learnt a lot about what being a beekeeper involves and found out how important bees are to our ecosystem.”

Jane Moseley, operations director at BBA, said: “Unfortunately honey bees are rare in the wild due to the threats of disease and lack of forage diversity.

“We don’t all have to be beekeepers to become keepers of bees. By providing plants that are in bloom from February right through to October, we are providing plentiful sources of pollen and nectar for honey bees and other pollinators.”

The visit was arranged by house building firm David Wilson Homes Mercia, as part of their drive to help save the British honey bee.

Steve Barton, senior sales manager, said: “We take an enormous amount of pride in playing a role in raising awareness of the dangers that the British honey bee is currently facing and it’s great to encourage local children to help out our buzzing friends.”