What can we do for the bees?
Team Candiru is creating a film showcasing the fascinating behaviour and value of solitary bees. We will follow a variety of bees through their struggles to find resources, avoid death and create new life. The finished film is to be provided as a free educational resource for schools, conservation projects, wildlife trusts – free for anyone who loves our bees and our countryside!
If you go out in your garden today, you’re sure of a big surprise! Gardens, allotments, overgrown derelict sites, everywhere can be a haven for a stunning array of wildlife, if you take the time to look. As well as being crucial, solitary bees are incredible, harmless insects which are very easy to attract and keep in your garden. They pollinate hundreds of crops and wild plants, including wildflowers, shrubs and trees, making them a key species within our UK ecosytem - without them our world would be very different! Their solitary nature means they have evolved unique and unusual behaviours to survive without the support of a hive. This film will reveal their lives like never before.
So what can you do to help?
We make scientific, natural history films that are beautiful and entertaining and we want to give them away free to aid education and conservation. But films cost. This is where you come in. We need to pay for things like fuel to get to our wonderful countryside, parks and gardens, and hire better equipment to tell the bee’s story as effectively and beautifully as possible. We also need materials to run activities in local parks and zoos to interest and inspire future generations to protect our natural world. There is also the unique opportunity to get some fantastic perks so keep scrolling! Please help us and help the solitary bee.
This film is being made in and around the Avon Gorge and Clifton Downs in Bristol, in South Wales and we will soon be heading up to Warrington! The filming is well underway and expected to be completed by May 2015. We have the support of the National Trust, Natural England, Buglife, Environmental Justice Foundation, Nuturing-Nature, Campaign for the Solitary Bees, Bristol Museum and Art Gallery, Natural History Network, Wildlife Film-News, Bristol Zoo Gardens and Avon Gorge & Downs Wildlife Project and would like to thank them for their advice and help with access and sponsorship.
You can donate at the top of this page (make sure you check out the perks first!) and keep up to date with our progress with our upcoming YouTube videos. Please feel free to ask us anything below or address enquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The final line.
With your help we can film the bees and make a beautiful film. The target we have set is the minimum amount we need to keep filming, but anything on top of this allows us to invest in better equipment to more effectively tell the bees' story and materials so we can run activity days in local parks and schools. Also, you can get some nifty perks (and our eternal gratitude), and together we can save Britain’s Solitary Bees! Thank you.
Nurturing Nature is providing a fantastic, award-winning Solitary Bee nest box (worth £59.55) that you could win if you sponsor us for £10 or more!
All you need to do is email Nurturing Nature after you have made your pledge (http://nurturing-nature.co.uk/contact/), mention our Solitary Bee Kickstarter and ask to sign up to the mailing list - don't worry, you can unsubscribe easily whenever you want. You will then be entered into a prize draw and the winner shall be announced once our campaign has finished - but only if we meet our fundraising target. So make sure to spread the word about the Solitary Bees and our film!
Risks and challenges
Although we already have a lot of good footage, bees are unpredictable, weather is unpredictable, therefore the exact nature of what we can film is unpredictable. We're tackling this by filming in many locations and by extending our project to May 2015 so we get another shot at filming early season behaviours such as emergence and mating!
* Backers are responsible for any travel and hotel costs within the higher priced pledges.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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