BeesMax at Isle of Wight Zoo

BeesMAX at Isle of Wight Zoo

Isle of Wight Zoo has a BeesMax bee hive installed on the grounds, supporting the crucial rehoming programme from BeesMax. The hive also provides a resource for local school pupils as well as employees to learn about the life of bees, the programmes in place to support the regeneration of the bee population in the UK, and how their existence plays a crucial role in our lives.

Visit the hive

BeesMax provides a service where individuals and teams can book a time slot to view the hive on the grounds of Isle of Wight Zoo, and learn more about why they have been installed and the positive environmental impact the hive achieves.

Use the contact form on this page to find out more.

The BeesMax hive is available for visits. Use the contact form on this page to contact BeesMax for a convenient time slot.

Latest news & events

Viewing times soon to be published for employees to don space suits and come and learn more about the bee hive on site. Message us below to find out more.

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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.

Photos – Isle of Wight Zoo

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Videos – Isle of Wight Zoo

A selection of videos from the Isle of Wight Zoo hive.

Viewing the hive at Isle of Wight Zoo

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Supporting the bee population

We will be adding resources for people to learn about bees, how they affect our lives, and how we can all learn more and help reverse the decline of the bee population in the UK. Resources being added soon.