Flora the Foggy Bummer Meets the Foostie-McNasties is a children's illustrated storybook written by Karen Barrett-Ayres in Doric verse.
Flora is a feisty magical bumblebee whose home and natural habitat in Aberdeenshire is threatened by a tribe of litter louts known as The Foostie-McNasties.
It tells the story of Flora's adventures around Aberdeenshire and features illustrations of local beauty spots such as Benachie, The Duthie Park, Fittie and the banks of the river Dee.
'Foggy bummer' is the Doric word for bumblebee. Flora flies into a rage about the Foostie-McNasties bad behaviour. The books main themes are about littering and the plight of bees.
It comes with a handy Doric-English glossary to help you with any Doric words you might not know. There is also information about the types of bumblebees found in the North-East of Scotland, and what flowers to plant to attract bees into your garden.
The book was written, designed and printed entirely in Aberdeen, Scotland and is printed on paper from sustainable sources, and is FSC accredited.
Written entirely in Doric verse, it is a beautifully illustrated and educational storybook.
Flora the foggy bummer is nae ordinary bee. She lives on the banks o’ the river Dee.
When Flora checks out of her cosy bug hotel, she goes on a journey exploring the countryside around Aberdeenshire.
On her journey she encounters a selfish clan called The Foostie-McNasties.
The Foostie-McNsties make Flora angry by littering, endangering wildlife and carelessly starting wildfires.
Flora teaches The Foostie-McNasties to take their rubbish home with them.
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Honey bees, bumblebees and pollen wasps are important pollinators of flowers, plants and crops, and are an essential part of our ecosystem.
Changes in farming techniques have resulted in a dramatic decline in wild flowers, meaning many bumblebee species are struggling to survive.
Plant bee-friendly plants in your garden, cut your grass less often and provide nest sites for wild bees by creating a bug hotel from old wooden pallets and hollow bamboo canes.
Since the 1930s, we have lost more than 97% of the UK's wildflower meadows.
Pollution, global warming, destruction of natural habitats where wild flowers grow and pesticide sprays are the main threat to bees.
Rosemary, Thyme, Sage, Marjoram and Chive are all great plants for bees and they are tasty for us humans too!