Butterflies and bees make lovely summer visitors to the garden, but how can we encourage them to visit? What sorts of plants should you choose? Plants which are popular with insects are shown and discussed. What do the plants have in common? What is the connection between the shape of the flower and its visitors?

First broadcast:
3 March 2008

The clip could be used to stimulate discussions surrounding the dwindling bee population and why it is occurring. Several questions throughout the clip are posed, and these could all provide discussion points for children to think about. They could make predictions based on the film, as to why bees are only attracted to certain plants before carrying out research for the answers. Children could then find plants in their local environment, and dissect these to see if they are bee-friendly or not. Possibly children could make detailed observational drawings of the plants, labelling key features.