Jamie Sneddon, Experienced Field Biologist/Ecologist, Munlochy, Scotland
My earliest memories of being obsessed with animals involve watching the Lion King. I still
have the VHS, but you would see mostly static if you tried to watch it, thanks to countless
hours of watching and rewinding. As I grew up, I would get myself into trouble in primary
school by collecting ladybirds, slaters and worms in my pencil case and taking them with me
into the classroom. I was clearly a biologist at heart from a young age, obsessed with animals
and desperate to learn everything I could about them. David Attenborough documentaries
highlighted the incredible animals around the globe and fed my obsession for wildlife
knowledge. As an adult, little has changed. I now radio collar red squirrels and track the
activities of Scottish wildcats for a living. David Attenborough is still my hero and the Lion
King has never lost its appeal. I’ve managed to stop collecting insects in pencil cases but that
was probably for the best…
Where I am now is a culmination of all the inspirations I had growing up. I loved animals but
without a constant stream of information from books, documentaries, and inspirational people
I likely wouldn’t be where I am today. The same applies to children today. However, they
have new challenges to contend with. The rise of technology has led to a greater disconnect
with the natural world. While more disconnected, children must also deal with the doom and
gloom of modern science. When I was a child recycling wasn’t common, having a massive
collection of plastic bags under the kitchen sink was normal. People liked bees but didn’t
fully understand their real value. In general, the average person didn’t have a full
understanding of their impact on the natural world. Things are different now. Children are
being taught to recycle, plant bee-friendly flowers in their gardens and raise money for
rainforest conservation. The next generation is primed to make up for all the mistakes of
previous generations but it’s a heavy burden to bear.
A lot of my wildlife-friendly choices have only been learned as an adult. Through education
at a young age, children are now growing up with the knowledge I acquired in my early
twenties. Books like ‘Phoebe the bee’ could lead to a generation of children that all grow up
to have bee-friendly gardens. Further than that, it could ignite a passion that then grows and
spreads into different disciplines. Children that grow up to become engineers, doctors, and
chefs that all have a deep appreciation for the natural world are what we need to promote
change on a global scale. The possibilities are endless and they can all start with one
inspirational book.
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Little Jamie, during his Primary School trouble making days.
Our huge thanks to Jamie, for taking the time to be our first guest blogger. Keep up the amazing work you’re doing.

It was wonderful chatting to Sam at 107.1 Ashford Radio over the weekend.

If you act quick you can be in with a chance of winning yourself a copy of Phoebe the Bee!

Listen to the interview here and find out more about the competition here.

Did you know it was National Children’s Gardening week and we celebrated by linking up with Kabloom?

Click on the image above to find out more and let’s get outside!

Our thanks to Kabloom for collaborating and allowing us to write a guest blog.

Keep safe everyone.

Although the country is in lockdown, we are still taking enquiries about our fun primary school Story Workshop Assemblies once schools are open again.  Meet Phoebe the Bee and learn all about why bees are so vital to our existence.  It’s interactive and educational, please see the comments below.

We combine musical interactive games, the full story of Phoebe the Bee, a history and nature lesson in each and every assembly all packed into a time period of your choice.  For further details email hello@talesfrommotherearth.co.uk, we would love to hear from you.

Stay safe and keep well.

Recently we had a great chat with Fatimah Abbouchi from Agile Ideas in Australia about the journey Tales from Mother Earth has been on.
Grab a cup of tea, click on the image above and listen in.

Stay safe and keep well.

In these troubled times, we are all very aware of the importance of conservation and doing all we can to nurture and encourage generations young and old to appreciate the natural world. Therefore, our collective mission is to collaborate and bring about a lasting change, one that will encourage wildlife to prosper and one that will ultimately benefit us all.

By compiling a touching series of realistic animal and insect children’s stories, we aim to raise the awareness of the plight our natural world is facing in these uncertain times of climate change, erosion of natural habitat and plastic pollution. Through active learning our books are aimed to educate and inspire the young.

Stay safe and keep well.

Today I had a lovely chat with Allan Archer of talk: Wildlife about all things nature, how Tales from Mother Earth came to fruition and of course, Phoebe the Bee.  You can see our conversation by clicking on the book cover above.

Stay safe and keep well.

The world today is an uncertain place to live with worries for our physical and mental health. The impact Covid19 has had on the world is astounding. Though this is a difficult time we’re trying to remember to look at the small things we can take pleasure from, to boost our spirits and help us through this troubling experience.

We’re enjoying the first signs of spring, with the emergence of beautiful flowers, it’s a sure sign that the coldness of winter is dying away as the earth warms up. With blue skies, birds tweeting in the trees and the emergence of bees, busy trying to do what they do best.

It’s been declared by the Earthwatch Institute in the last meeting of the Royal Geographical Society of London, that bees are the most important living being on the earth – so it seems very apt that we made Phoebe the Bee our first story of the series.

You may not realise it, but bees have been placed on the endangered list as almost 90% of the bee population globally has disappeared in the last few years. It’s critical that we all try to help, as 70% of the world’s agriculture depends exclusively on bees. They work hard pollinating our crops and currently due to climate change, the uncontrolled use of pesticides, lack of flowers and deforestation, they are having to work even harder just to survive.

Just like in Phoebe’s story, we can all do something to help. At the back of the book and here on the website, we’ve provided some top tips on how you can help the bees. Every reader, young or old, can learn the many ways in which we can make a difference and allow the bees in our area to prosper, even if it’s one flowerpot at a time.

Keep safe everyone, do your bit to help stop this pandemic and stay well.

From all at Tales from Mother Earth.

Save this image to print and colour in

When trying to boost your home-schooling day’s activities, wanting to add something creative to the schedule or just plain needing five minutes to boil the kettle(!), why not download a copy of our colouring in page for your children to enjoy?

It’s a great conversation starter for introducing children to conservation starting with how to look after and encourage more bees to your garden.

Our website gives you details on how you can look after, protect and boost the bee population, use our ‘Get Involved’ page for top tips and action points; you can click through to our friends pages too who have even more ideas.

How to:  Right click on the image above.  Click on ‘Save Picture As’ and it’s yours!  Don’t forget to take a photo of the finished artwork and add it to your chosen social media account with #phoebethebee.  If you email the image to us (hello@talesfrommotherearth.co.uk) we can add them to ‘Your Pictures’ in our ‘Gallery’ here on the website.