Standing still with Bees (event cancelled !)

With Spring College first walk of our sixth season, we will stand still with the bees, willows and what drinkable rivers could mean for them. “Standing still by…” or in Dutch ‘Stilstaan Bij’ is a walk in collaboration with bee-keeper Sonne Copijn from Bijen en Bedrijf. (‘Bij’ in Dutch also means ‘bee’)

The amount of insecticide Neonicotinoid in our rivers leached from agriculture and farming is high. The roots of the willow take up this chemical by drinking river water. When the first warmth returns in the early Spring, the willow pollen are one of the first for the bees to feed themselves on during their first flights of the season. With these pollen the honeybees, the bumble bees and wild bees feed and strengthen themselves and their community. The chemicals have entered their food system and now their bodies and these are toxic for them.

Li An has started her project Drinkable Rivers indicators for Healthy Living for which soon she will walk the river Maas source-to-sea and anyone of you can join. What could these Drinkable Rivers mean for the bees and other creatures?

Together with bee-keeper Sonne Copijn, we will walk in the river forelands and floodplains (uiterwaarden) of Wageningen, a part of the Dutch primitive landscape. In awe and full concentration, we will stand still with the willows and water. What will we learn once we sense via the eyes of the bees? What can we contribute to Drinkable Rivers?


When: Saturday 7th of April 2018
Time: from 14-18:00 (arrival from 13:30)
Location: near Wageningen harbour in the river forelands (address sent once registered)

Costs: 37,50€ incl vat, tea + delicacy (70€ two persons); 15 euro (students), children (<18) welcome & free.
Register by email to
Payment: to Spring College bankaccount NL38 TRIO 0254 8451 26 at Triodos Bank, Zeist, with your name(s). With your payment, your participation is registered. Minimum 15 participants, maximum 48.

The walk will be in Dutch and is a collaboration of Spring College with Bijen en Bedrijf.