The University is contributing to a major exhibition designed to throw new light on the fascinating world of bees and other native pollinators.
Plan Bee, which runs until 17 March at the Eden Project, aims to highlight the insects’ extraordinary lives and the threats they face.
There is a particular focus on research by the University and the B4 Project, which aims to develop increased understanding of the UK’s native dark honey bee (Apis mellifera mellifera).
With funding from the Natural Environment Research Council, the research is investigating the genetic and behavioural characteristics of the species.
Its ultimate aim is to use that increased knowledge to inform conservation policies that ensure the species remains part of our landscape in the future.
The Plan Bee exhibition is being staged in Eden’s recently refurbished Core education centre and also features work by environmentalist and artist Kurt Jackson (Bees (and the Odd Wasp) in My Bonnet), an installation by artist Wolfgang Buttress (Reverie), and a series of lightbox artworks by University of Plymouth Fine Art graduate Amy Shelton (Florilegium: Honey Flow 1 Spring).
It will be on show Wednesdays to Sundays until 18 February, and then seven days a week until 17 March. Entry is included with Eden admission, Pass or Membership.
For more information go to www.edenproject.com/plan-bee.