The Bee Tree Conservation Project

BeesMAX set up The Bee Tree Conservation Project to rescue and conserve honeybees found in trees across the UK.

What do you do if:

You’re cutting down a tree in your garden, the one that’s leaning over too much or blocking the sunlight from your patio, and you find honeybees?

A local council needs to remove a tree that’s considered unstable and there’s bees inside?

Conserve the bees precious habitat

Do not  call a beekeeper, entrust BeesMAX to relocate a section of tree with its colony of bees.

Trust your instinct and help us save our natural unseen assets. Bees did not evolve to live in a manufactured wooden box.

By calling a beekeeper of specialist pest control company:

  • The bee colony is likely to end up in traditional manufactured hives
  • Usually farmed for honey production along with hundreds of colonies
  • All the bees foraging the same three-mile radius of countryside. 

Alternatively, by contacting the Bee Tree Project:

  • The bees can be collected and relocated to anywhere in the UK and left within their original section of tree.
  • This redistribution will repopulate and renew the dwindling wild honeybees
  • Wild honeybees need to stay as wild as they can.

Bees crave the warm, sheltered, safe space of a hollow tree trunk. Colonies will remain for many generations in a tree that could have already taken a hundreds to grow.

How Bee Tree Conservation Works

Our UK-wide database will enable the general public, wildlife and environmental agencies to record both the locations of existing colonies in trees to be maintained and those being felled. These previously unrecorded assets will collectively become a national asset. No longer will the homes of our wild pollinators be allowed to disappear without trace.


Why is this project so important?

The answer is simple but crucial.

  • 70 %of our perishable food supply would not exist is these bees did not pollinate the flowers.
  • Wild honeybees are incredibly resilient and maintain a strong resistance against many diseases and parasites.

  • Their annual evolutionary cycle of repetitive swarming drives the natural selection process.

  • Domesticated and commercially farmed honeybees are not encouraged to swarm and so do not select their own new queen bees.

  • Each year about 15,000 foreign queen bees are commercially imported to the UK. These can escape and this is how the wild gene stock is further compromised.
  • These colonies owned by the hobbyist and commercial honey farms become prone to diseases and parasites.

  • Please visit the UK’s National Bee Unit Database which provides greater detail of the known diseases with which the bees of hobbyist and commercial honey farms can become infected.    

The Bee Tree Conservation initiative is original and exciting – the only way to ensure our precious pollinators survive in their original environment where nature intended them to be.  

BeesMax and The Bee Tree Protection Order (BTPOs)

But should the need for relocation be unavoidable, BeesMAX provides the process to maintain the colonies’ evolutionary development, enabling them to continue living as closely aligned as possible to the UK’s natural weather patterns.

The colony is kept intact and, most importantly, the bees are happy. With the idea set in motion, proof that the relocation process works and the bees’ welfare at heart, this is really something to get behind.

How we saved the Bee Tree

The Bee Tree Project gallery

A selection of photos showing wild bees in the hollow of trees, bees building a hive in a tree knot, honeycomb formed on the branches of a tree, and wooden houses in a forest.

Bee Tree Preservation Orders

This is an ingenious new way to expand the use of the existing tree preservation order process.

The promotion of Bee Tree Preservation Orders (BTPOs) is vital and a cornerstone to our initiative.

  • Bee Tree Preservation Orders, as their name suggests, protect trees from being damaged or felled.
  • If a tree is identified as having honeybees inside, a BTPO can and should be applied for, with reasoning for the order being the bees are within.
  • As bees are a protected animal, it should be granted without question. This means that the tree and its inhabitants are protected and given rights to exist so the honeybees can be preserved using an existing legal framework everyone is aware of in the UK.
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  • Bee Tree Preservation Orders could apply to just one specific tree, a group of trees or even entire woodland habitats.
  • Currently standard TPOs may be issued for specific trees because of the trees history, rarity, or community value, to name but a few reasons

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