BeesMax

BeesMax’s sole aim is to reverse the decline of the UK bee population. BeesMax is a not-for-profit organisation and works with a number of organisations to fulfil its aim.

Sustainable Stewardship within our modern-day culture

Our ethos towards beekeeping is similar to the vegan principles. We do not use any manufactured disease control chemicals.

We have strived to develop methods of bee husbandry that require minimal interference, as natural a hive a practicably possible but with maximum access to everyone.

We emphasise sustainable stewardship and not ownership. We do not own the bees as livestock on a farm. You cannot own bees they are nomadic and if they chose to leave us they will move on without hesitation. 

Usually bees leave their hive via swarming but they are known to just up sticks, take everything and go without rhyme nor reason.

Corporate involvement is key to our success.

It is crucial to us that the corporate clients staff and its
CSR programme are complementary to our ethos of regeneration & renewal We believe big
business must underpin these values.

We rehouse urban honey bee swarms back into the UK woodlands. Members of the Country Land
and Business association are key to achieving this goal.

EDUCATION

Our IT enabled hives offer a light touch approach for everyone to remotely observe without
disturbing the bees.

Using our IT enabled browser screens are like seeing straight through into the
body of the colony with X-ray vision.

Regeneration and working with the swarming process

We encourage the swarming process as the nature takes its course during the year. Our hive
management does not deny the bees their own methods of choosing their own queens. We do not clip the queen’s wings or prevent her from choosing her own drones to mate with.

Hives frequently change their minds about which eggs to use to raise queens. When to actually allow a new queen to hatch and how many will be raised. Sometimes they allow 2 queens to live
harmoniously together and allow the old queen to see out her days before the new queen takes
over and no swarms are issued. Nobody can understand the seemingly alternative way of living but again natural selection ensures survival of the fittest prevails at all times.

Our up-cycled polystyrene community housing provides the space to house the daughter colony left behind as the parent colony swarms, gives birth and divides like the human cell divides immediately after conception. The dividing colony we see as a swarm leaves their established body behind for the daughter colony to live in and grow.

Developing connections between the beekeeper and the colony.

Our whole approach to managing and opening the colony is that of minimal interference and only
then for a specific reason. This helps cultivate a state of coopetition between the beekeeper and the
bees and maintains a docile state of mind within the colony.

Our remote access IT systems give us a
better understanding of the colonies hive mind. We rarely use smoke and view the use of smoke as a
failure on our part. If you go in and invade the personal space of a wild animal uninvited what would
you expect them to do but get angry.

The BeesMAX Upcycling of polystyrene boxes compared to the manufactured wooden framed hive

Our low-cost community housing scheme uses recycled polystyrene boxes that would have otherwise gone to landfill. There are manufactured wooden frames within the boxes but only part filling the space maintaining unmanaged areas of wild comb.

We say small is beautiful and less is more. We provide only some wooden frames as a basis from which wild comb is encouraged to grow below. You can see within our hives both the modern regimented man-made frames and the natural way the bees prefer to build the comb.

Wild honey bees in the UK typically live within the confines of a hollow tree encouraging medium to small sized colonies which only remove a proportion of the pollinator food resources within the 3-mile radius bee fly to collect their food. 

Our colonies are not grown in ever expanding manufactured wooden boxes. This means the colonies are smaller and are less likely exhaust the local area of pollinator foods.

BeesMax’s manufactured wooden hives.

It is only since the multi-framed stackable manufactured wooden hive was invented that we
encouraged mega sized colonies which hover up any food resources they can find leaving much less
for the wild pollinators. The manufactured wooden hive provides the space to encourage our bees
to go on collecting until they die with exhaustion. During the peak honey flows a worker bee may
only last two weeks. In the autumn and winter, they need to live for many months.

Would you like to know more?

We would love to explain more and go through the many benefits of having a Junior Hive on your site. You are likely to have many questions and concerns, but we are here to fully explain what is involved and how we help make the process as easy as possible.

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