THE SANI BEE SPOT
WHAT IS THE SANI BEE SPOT
The Sani Bee Spot is the fruit of a collaboration between Sani Resort and The Bee Camp, the first Greek NGO focusing on the protection of pollinators. It is the largest and first interactive Bee Spot in Greece, which aims to protect the bees and other pollinators found at Sani Resort, while highlighting their relationship with humans and plants. The Sani Bee Spot is an innovative bee-friendly garden, with 7 different stations, dedicated to the life cycle of solitary bees. Each station, carefully designed to serve both humans and pollinators, gives us information about the biology of wild bees as well as real-life examples of local bee species. Apart from educational activities that can take place here, the Bee Spot also serves as a resting spot for both people and pollinators, while raising awareness on biodiversity and the importance of bees.
Location: Sani Beach on the Bousoulas Beach path
There is no life without water. Every living organism, including bees, needs water on a daily basis. Water, as a fundamental element of the natural ecosystem, is consequently an essential part of the pollinator-friendly garden. As bees can travel up to 8 kilometers in their search for water, they often get tired or even lost. A small spring, carefully constructed with shallow footings, allows bees to reach water safely, providing hydration and freshness, without the dangers of exhaustion or drowning.
During millions of years of evolution, bees and plants together have adapted to the texture and climate of each region, creating close symbiotic relationships. Through the diet of bees, plants have secured their pollination, transmitting genetic material through the insects' bodies and ensuring their survival. Using impressive disguise techniques such as bright colours and intense scents, plants continue to attract bees while also acting as flavours for our cooking experiments. One plant species alone, however, is not enough to keep bees nearby. A bee-friendly garden needs a combination of plants that can flower continuously throughout the different seasons, providing enough nutrition for every stage of the bees’ life cycle.
Bees, butterflies, ladybirds, beetles and all kinds of insects travel to flowers, involuntarily transfer pollen and take part in the magnificent process of pollination. Such a wide variety of life forms is called biodiversity and is vital for the sustainability of all natural systems. But where do all these creatures live? Most insects search for natural shelters and cavities in which to rest, spend the night or reproduce. A wooden sculpture with holes in different shapes and dimensions can act as a meeting point for many different species.
SOLITARY BEE TOWER
Most bee species live solitary lives, away from hives. Without inhabiting a permanent shelter or producing honey, these bees have few reasons to be defensive and use their sting. What really connects them with other bees is the distribution of pollen from flower to flower and the plants’ pollination. Just like a butterfly or a rose chafer they spend their days continuously traveling from one plant to another and from meadow to forest. The Bee Tower, like an old tree trunk that is slowly decomposing, acts as a resting spot during this trip that can offer short-term protection and more importantly a safe place to bring their babies to life! Xylocopa violacea is one of the most common solitary bees in our country that travels alone between flowers and nests in such wooden tunnels.
How does the life of a bee start? What do her eggs look like? Or the offspring of a carpenter bee? How do they grow and develop, what do they eat and how do they prepare for their first flight in the outside world? A quick look in the dark tunnels that bees carve into wood reveals the magnificent, hidden aspects of their development, from eggs to adult bees, before seeing the sun for the first time. Balls of packed pollen are identically stored with eggs and natural materials, successively and in a characteristic pattern, constructing the interior of a breeding chamber, where eggs hatch and larvae feed and evolve.
“If you want to help bees, leave some soil untouched.” A simple spot with undisturbed, barren land is of big significance to the life of many solitary bees. A lot of species, like the local miner bee, Anthophora plumipes, choose to seek shelter inside the earth, where they can find protection from predators and harsh weather conditions. Inside underground tunnels, which they dig alone, these bees lay their eggs, each one stored with a ball of pollen. This ball of pollen is the first meal of their offspring. Some straw, fallen leaves and other natural materials can sometimes offer more cover and humidity to many other species that live or travel through the pollinator garden.
Most flowers in nature are full of nectar and pollen, the favorite food of bees. Flying from flower to flower, bees stop to feed themselves, while part of that pollen sticks to their bodies, legs and antennae. By transporting this pollen involuntarily and spreading it to nearby blooms, they pollinate the plants, turning them into fruits and seeds. These fruits and seeds are food for us humans and many other animals, while also the primary way for plants to survive in nature! Turning the wooden pieces of the game, you yourself can write their important story, while discovering the different pollen colours that bees may find and spread in Greece.
ABOUT THE BEE CAMP
A BETTER WORLD IS BLOOMING
The Bee Camp is the first οrganisation in Greece working on the protection of bees and other pollinators. Through education, raising awareness and conservation activities, the Bee Camp’s mission is to make the world a better place for both people and biodiversity. Through the lives of bees, the Bee Camp seeks to inspire, empower and restore the relationship between people, plants and pollinators.
The Bee Camp’s mission is to make the world a better place for both people and pollinators.
Dedicated Eco Trips take place twice per week, escorted by our Eco Guide.
To book your dedicated Eco Trip, please contact our Guest Relations.
Children’s programmes run through the Little Guests’ Kids Clubs. Please contact our Kids Clubs for more information.