The Solitary Bees – a short documentary by Team Candiru

June 5, 2015

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The Solitary Bees – a short documentary available to watch for free

This is a stunning, sharp, fascinating film with a focused and scientific narrative which is not ‘over the top’ and well within the bounds of non scientists. It gives a glimpse into a world many people simply do not know exists. It is a sheer pleasure to watch. A sincere congratulations to Team Candiru who have done, in simplistic terms, a brilliant job in highlighting the lives of just a few of our solitary bees. Of course they could have filmed more glamorous and popular wildlife specimens, such as birds of prey, hedgehogs, robins in the garden or gone abroad and filmed tigers, lions etc. They did n’t. They stayed here in the UK and filmed wildlife as found in our gardens. Cracking film! Well done all concerned. You are fast becoming the unsung heroes of solitary bees!! Film viewing link below.


From Friday 05 June 2015, The Solitary Bees will be available to stream for free via vimeo:

90% of Britain’s bees are Solitary Bees. They are crucial pollinators yet are little known or conserved. This film aims to change that.

Please help us create a buzz about solitary bees and our film! #The_Solitary_Bees

Team Candiru (based in Bristol, UK) has created a film showcasing the fascinating behaviour and value of solitary bees. We follow a variety of different species through their struggles to find resources, avoid death and create new life. The finished film will be provided as a free educational resource for schools, conservation projects, wildlife trusts  and the general public – free for anyone who loves our bees and nature!


Why solitary bees?

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 ecosystem – without them our world would be very different! Their solitary nature has meant  they have evolved unique and unusual behaviours to survive without the support of a hive. This film will reveal their lives like never before. Please refer to this recent Nature Outlook article to learn more about solitary bees:


This film was made mainly in and around the Avon Gorge and Clifton Downs in Bristol, in South Wales. We have had 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 a huge thank you goes out to them for their advice and help with access and sponsorship.

Team Candiru

Based in Bristol, UK we are a Natural History film production company making short, scientific natural history films. Our films are not only visually stunning, but also have a strong narrative and are rich in scientific content.  We want our films help drive interest, education and support conservation efforts and so we make our films free to everyone; schools, conservation groups, universities and individuals

Meet the team here.


Tel: 07794798430


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