WHO IS GETTING INVOLVED?
> 85% of earth’s plant species – many of which compose some of the most nutritional parts of our diet – require pollinators to exist.
Bees pollinate 70 of around 100 crop species that feed 90% of the world.
of the bee population are dying out.
Since 1900, the UK has lost 13 species of bee, and a further 35 are considered under threat of extinction.
WHY GET INVOLVED?
Consider the BeesMAX Poly box similar to a bird box in that we encourage homeless swarms to settle and recuperate ready to reproduce more swarms. Swarms regenerate and renew the wild populations and they are essential for the longevity of our bees.
As well as providing poly boxes for wild swarms and population renewal we can provide more traditionally styled managed hives with access for teaching and educational purposes. They are IT enabled so everyone can understand and appreciate the bees without disturbing the bees by opening up their nests as beekeepers usually need to.
Your invaluable support will establish another BeesMAX renewal hub providing low cost housing for feral swarms with no home to go to. If you sponsor a senior beehive then that will produce swarms and contribute towards the regeneration process.
Our Beehive Arnia systems provide remote access and raw data to compliment the traditional beehive experience. Our sensors provide graphical data on weight, humidity, nest temperature and a weather station monitoring sunshine hours, air temperature and rain fall.
We need your help to purchase the Arnia equipment to reuse in schools. Your donations will go towards equipping your local school. Beekeeping can cut across many subject syllabuses, making it a very cost effective use of your investment in their future.
When our hives produce surplus natural honey comb it is their to taste. But we do not try to produce the gallons of honey bee farmers and hobbyists aim for. We only take the surplus and leave the rest for the bees.
Please advertise on your social media and company intranets the purpose behind the BeesMAX project. We are their to innovate and educate and the future of our indigenous wild bee populations depends upon it.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
A. Deciding whether you can host, adopt or share comes down to your location and your budget.
HOSTING A HIVE is when you pay for an exclusive hive that is located on your site. We will do a site survey to ensure the hive is in the best location and fully manage the hive on your behalf.
ADOPTING A HIVE is when you financially support a hive that is located away from your site. Perhaps you do not have the appropriate space or the environment is not best suited. We have many locations around the UK (typically schools, National Trust land and country estates) that have been donated to us for the purpose of hosting hives for businesses, schools and individuals.
SHARING A HIVE is where individuals can contribute towards a colony’s upkeep. A few people jointly supporting their own hive that we host for you. You can visit your hive and see your colony, knowing your contribution to the BeesMax project is making a difference.
A. All you need is an accessible rooftop, courtyard, or field, minimum 3m x 3m.
A. The bees…
Please do chat to us about any health and safety concerns you might have and how our current Partner Schools are finding the Junior Bee Hive experience.
A. BeesMax will carry out a comprehensive site survey at your location and will discuss the best options for you.
A. As little or as much as you wish. BeesMax will fully manage your hive(s) but you do have the option of learning about hive management and developing your skills. You can also engage your employees if on a business location; great for CSR too. Ask us for more details.
A. Not to worry. We’d love your support and we can put your hive at locations around the UK on land already donated to us for use with our BeesMax project. You can also opt for the online data service to keep up to date with activity in your remote hive.
|March onwards||BeesMAX Beekeeping Experience – BOOK NOW||Thames Ditton|
|March 15th||Visit the BeesMAX stand from 7th – 14th March||RHS Wisley|
|April 9th||Introduction to beekeeping – BOOK NOW||Garlic Farm IOW|
|April 16th||Introduction to beekeeping – BOOK NOW||Garlic Farm IOW|
|May 28th||Introduction to beekeeping – BOOK NOW||Garlic Farm IOW|
|June 30th||BeesMAX Intro course to beekeeping – BOOK NOW||RHS Wisley|
|July 14th||BeesMAX Intro course to beekeeping – BOOK NOW||RHS Wisley|
|Ongoing||An Introduction to The Beaverbrook Beehives for members – BOOK NOW||The Beaverbrook community|