BeesMax and partners in research
BeesMax works alongside a variety of partners for research and development.
As climate change accelerates and the number of winter honey bee colony losses increases we need a way to keep seed stocks alive to help maintain the UK’s food supply as well as releasing bees back into the wild.
[Centre for Ecology and Hydrology]
National Honey Monitoring Scheme
All BeesMAX sites are registered with National Honey Monitoring Scheme so schools can understand where their bees are foraging and which flowers the bees visited. There will also be the first ever government report on any contaminants found in the honey. The first annual report is due to be released in 2019.
Artificial Hibernation Trials
Our Kent based pilot for the artificial hibernation of honeybees was successful last winter. Professor Richard Pywell who runs the National Honey Monitoring Scheme wants to analyse the data coming from the 30 hives we will centrally locate in a chiller unit for 3 months (Winter 2019). Professor Pywell runs the Government Centre for Ecology & Hydrology and his associates recently published a report describing how one third of the native bee species in South East England no longer exist.
STEM lesson plans for schools
Meaningful and practical STEM Lesson Plans of schools. We have just been given permission of by the British Beekeepers Association to distribute their newly created library of lesson plan material for Key Stages’ 1 & 2.
RHS Wisley is using one of our hives to enliven the horticultural learning experience of about 16,000 students who visit their site each year.
STEM Discover Park Heads Conference
28th June 2019
BeesMAX is presenting to heads of schools from Kent and Sussex at the Dover Science Discovery Park. The conference is being organised by www.stem.org.uk. BeesMAX have just become STEM Ambassadors, assisting with teaching these subjects in schools using beehive data from our IT system provided by www.arnia.co.uk.