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The Junior Bee Hive

BeesMAX uses the national STEM network to connect with teachers and the national curriculum. We go into primary and secondary schools, as well as colleges and universities, with our hives and add to your teaching toolkit. Rest assured we carry out all maintenance and upkeep.

Your own IT-enabled Junior Hive with be there for the staff and pupils to enjoy and learn about the bees, knowing that you will be helping to regenerate the bee population.

What we provide

We provide all the necessary equipment, time and materials within the annual rental fee as a totally outsourced service. Provided with this service are:

  • Bees, their home and ongoing management of the bees
  • IT data collection service and remote logins to access the graphs and pictorial displays
  • Template educational material that can be modified to begin your own lesson plans
  • Once a year, small amounts of your own honey comb for tasting
  • A list of all the plants your bees have visited and collected pollen from

Getting involved

We are looking for primary schools, secondary schools, colleges and universities that have the following:

  • An accessible rooftop, courtyard, or field, minimum 3m x 3m
  • Funding (please contact us about the various funding and sponsorship options) to rent up to 1 x Junior Bee Hive per site containing an Arnia IT system for essential data collection
  • Open to 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 closer look at the Junior Bee Hive

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.

What next?

The hardest step will be filling out the form below. Go on, we can’t wait to hear from you!

    The Junior Bee Hive

    For primary schools, secondary schools, colleges and universities.

    IT Enabled Hives

    Data collection from each and every hive installed to provide a richness of data and a detailed insight into hive conditions and bee behaviour.

    How schools can use our bee hives

    • PSHE lessons
    • Enrichment programmes 
    • Food provenance and where does it come from
    • Pollination of food crops such as tomatoes, strawberries and other soft fruits
    • Why do animals hibernate? Our artificial hibernation field trials are unique in the UK
    • Raw data analysis using Microbit programming tools
    • Use us to connect you into the STEM resource network and our UK wide Stewardship Programme
    • Canvass parents and staff and begin your own bee keeping club with our backup and guidance

    Organised field trips

    We provide access to organised filed trips across the UK with embedded educational services

    • Kent, Bumblebee pollination of tomatoes grown under glass at APS Group
    • Warwick, centre of excellence provided by the British Beekeepers Association
    • Doncaster, honey spinning and bee keeping experience classes at Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants

    Sponsor A Hive

    You can sponsor a hive for £10 a month and have remote IT access to see its progress throughout the year. There will be one visit included within that sponsorship for a half day to visit the apiary.

    Contact us now for more information.

    Your Company’s CSR

    Why not refer BeesMAX to your employer’s head of environmental services or the head of your corporate social responsibility programme. They will be keen to learn of new ways to enhance their corporate image and grow their sustainability programmes.

    Please send us your contact for CSR or head of environmental services.

    BeesMax Awareness Course

    To learn about bees and their plight why not attend a half day BeesMAX Awareness Course. There you can understand the practical difficulties we encounter and help change the public’s perception that lots is being done to reverse the decline when it just is not! You will also have remote access to a hive to lean all about the digital revolution and artificial intelligence being applied to an old-fashioned craft entering the 21st century.

    Contact us now for more information.

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    Your company’s CSR

    Does your corporate social responsibility programme actually deliver real tangible community based outcomes? We will for you. BeesMAX delivers a complete solution and a safe pair of hands on your behalf.

    Think of your environmental stewardship and taking a more obvious lead on the public facing side of you website.

    Staff Development

    Your staff can get involved and become mini beekeeping experts working with us managing the hives and potentially a green roof or greening of the grounds you have around you. Your staff have an opportunity to help themselves and others build a greater work/life environment giving them an opportunity to make a difference.

    Support Local Schools

    Why not consider sponsoring a hive into your local school or college. This might be part of your support for local education or you are a supplier to schools and other educational establishments. Let this be part of the supply contract for your goods and services. Give your client added value only you can provide.

    Contact us now for further information.

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    Activities and Areas of Interest

    Environmental renewal & sustainability

    The UK’s first sustainable bee reintroduction  programme

    We are extending urban pollinator beekeeping to include rural communities and country estates

    The first digital real time monitoring of an insect species

    We only use low carbon footprint containers

    No use of manufactured wooden frames or artificial bees wax

    How to get involved …….>

    Likely audience and interested organisations:

    Investigative research

    Our raw data can be use to determine national and regional changes in micro climates.

    Use this data to determine long term changes to nectar production and the quality of pollens.

    How to get involved …….>

    Likely audience and interested organisations:

    Schools and Higher Education

    Small junior hives not requiring the wide array of specialist equipment associated with urban beekeeping

    Corporate/Community partnerships with local schools

    Raw data and graphical displays for both junior and 6th form lesson plans

    How to get involved …….>

    Likely audience and interested organisations:

    • Schools starting their own apiaries
    • Corporates donating their rehoming bee hive data to schools for inclusion in lesson plans

    Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)

    It’s also a great employee motivation initiative. The hive mentality barely needs repeating and is embedded in everyone: common goals, common values and standards, common responsibilities, a total commitment to the needs of the colony and to its culture, self-sacrifice of the individual to the overriding team spirit.

    Sponsor a school facility and know exactly how your money is benefiting the local community.

    Nominate your own school or we can find one for you

    How to get involved …….>

    Likely audience and interested organisations:

    • Members of Business in the Community
    • Corporates with or without their own grounds or building roof tops can easily take part

    Branding and Marketing

    Growing the environmental credentials of your brand

    Expanding the clients knowledge of the origins of food

    Demonstrating the provenance of your foods

    How to get involved …….>

    Likely audience and interested organisations:

    • Catering companies
    • Food quipment manufactures
    • Consultancies specialising is diet and the provenance of sustainable food sources
    • Hotels and foodie outlets growing and using their own honey for use within their own catering establishments

    Rural Tourism

    Visually engaging visitors 365 days of the year and not just for the high days and holidays.

    Bees can actually become more visible using real-time displays

    How to get involved …….>

    • Engaging visitors on the attraction web sites  throughout the year increasing the visitor open days
    • Attractions such as Rural life Centre Farnham can diversify into new ways to engage visitors with their bee hives