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BeesMAX at Chessington Garden Centre

BeesMAX successfully installed the first live colony of bees at Chessington Garden Centre on February, 2023, supporting the crucial rehoming programme from BeesMAX. BeesMAX are very grateful to Chessington Garden Centre for going the extra step and embracing the whole BeesMAX ethos.

BeesMAX have organised some exciting beekeeping events for 2023 to be held at Chessington Garden Centre.

Contact BeesMAX below if you’d like to be informed of all their upcoming events at Chessington Garden Centre.

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Since the original installation the BeesMAX honeybees at Chessington Garden Centre the location has become a really important feature on the BeesMAX calendar and we’d like to thank all the staff who have championed this through to completion.

There is so much that can be learned by adults and children going the distance and putting on specialist beekeeping PPE and observing the interior of a colony.

Contact us if you’d like to be informed of all upcoming events.

Contact BeesMAX for further information:

    Photo Gallery – Chessington Garden Centre

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    About our live streaming

    This beehive camera shows a live stream of the honeybee colony every day, 24 hours throughout the year.  Notice the clock inset displaying UK local time. Even at night the honeybees can be seen resting but still moving around.

    Ways to view the streaming panel

    There are various facilities for you to use so please explore the time lapse clips on the left side bar. Expand to view full screen by first hovering over the bottom bar and then clicking various on the bottom right-hand side.


    Over the winter this honeybee colony has survived very well and you can see several thousand in the cluster beginning to organise themselves to initiate spring breeding. The queen will probably start to lay eggs in early March.


    Click on the ‘Gallery’ tab above view recent photos.

    BeesMax and Arnia IT

    Through the use of our Blue Box Rehoming Scheme, we aim to provide depleted wild colonies with a new habitat in which the bees can reorganise and restructure. As well as placing these in woodland areas, they also offer schools and businesses the opportunity to install hives on their sites.

    Arnia, similarly, is a company concerned with bee health, but from a more technical standpoint. They have developed technology that goes into a hive and records data that is sent back to the beekeeper. Sensors are fitted inside the hive in order to monitor the colony’s behaviour and these statistics are then sent, via a gateway, to the user’s devices, allowing them to better understand their own bees. The data collected can be compared across different hives using the same technology.

    After working together, both companies have decided to enter an official partnership, with BeesMAX using Arnia technology in their rehoming scheme. This opens up a whole world of educational opportunities and provides a more in-depth experience.

    So why Arnia?

    The Arnia system is unique in combining colony acoustics monitoring with brood temperature, hive humidity, hive weight and apiary weather to provide detailed insight into hive conditions and bee behaviour. No other system provides this richness of data.

    Data collection using Arnia technology in BeesMAX rehoming scheme.