Individuals and private residences

Individuals with an accessible rooftop, courtyard, or field, from only 3m x 3m in size, are hosting our beehives to help support the bees. 

Some individuals are giving what they can to share in the upkeep of a hive located at one of our donated sites.

BeesMAX urgently needs apiary assistants.  Novice beekeepers are invited to gain experience and learn the practical skills required to become confident at managing their own bees as well as ours.

HOW INDIVIDUALS ARE HELPING

Option 1
HOSTING A HIVE
An exclusive hive safely positioned in your garden.
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Option 2
ADOPTING A HIVE
An exclusive hive located on one of our donated sites.
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Option 3
SHARING A HIVE
Donate a set amount to share in the upkeep of a hive.
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How individuals are benefitting

Helping to reverse the decline of the bees population in the UK

  • Contributing to biodiversity, improving local environments and ecosystems
  • Pollination of food crops such as tomatoes, strawberries and other soft fruits
  • Raw data analysis using Microbit programming tools
  • The greening of the grounds you have around you, or roof above you
  • Register your colony with our research projects and directly genuinely contribute towards scientific advancement

 

  • Enjoy raw honey straight from your bees if hosting or adopting a Senior hive or when ‘sharing a hive’
  • Contributing directly to the safe rehoming of unwanted urban feral bees 
  • Learning how to look after wild bees living in your chimney or double skinned wall

 

A closer look at the Junior Bee Hive

THE PROCESS

HOW DOES HOSTING & ADOPTING WORK?

STEP 1: REGISTER

REGISTER your interest by contacting us here: contact us. Let us know at this point if you are wishing to host or adopt a hive, or if you need assistance in making this decision.

STEP 2: SITE SURVEY / LOCATION PLAN

We will conduct a SITE SURVEY or LOCATION PLAN.

A SITE SURVEY will be made if you are wishing to host a hive to ensure your property is suitable for one of our hives and possible locations for the hive(s) to be situated.

We will provide a LOCATION PLAN if you are wishing to adopt a hive.

STEP 3: PAYMENT

Once hive size, location and optional extras have been agreed, you will then receive an email to make PAYMENT, either annually or monthly options available. 

STEP 4: DELIVERY & INSTALLATION

DELIVERY & INSTALLATION will be organised to your site or to an offsite location that suits you and for you to enjoy your new hive(s).

STEP 5: ONGOING SUPPORT

You will received all the ONGOING SUPPORT and maintenance as part of your agreed package.

If the hive on on your site then watch the flowers in your local area, even fruit and vegetables, grow larger and stronger due to all the pollination from you bees.

If you hive is off site then you can contact BeesMax for viewings and time to learn more about your hive(s), colony progress, and hive management.

Senior hive hosters can then enjoy honey when harvested.

Why not refer BeesMAX to your employer’s head of corporate social responsibility programme? Your company can learn of new ways to enhance their corporate image and grow their sustainability programmes.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Q. What is the difference between hosting, adopting and sharing a hive?

A. Deciding whether you can host, adopt or share comes down to your location and your budget.

HOSTING A HIVE is when you pay for an exclusive hive that is located on your site. We will do a site survey to ensure the hive is in the best location, and we will fully manage the hive on your behalf.

ADOPTING A HIVE is when you financial support a hive that is located away from your site. Perhaps you do not have the appropriate space or the environment is not best suited. We have many locations around the UK (typically schools, National Trust land and country estates) that have been donated to us for the purpose of hosting hives for businesses, schools and individuals.

SHARING A HIVE is where individuals can contribute towards a colony’s upkeep. A few people jointly supporting their own hive that we host for you. You can visit your hive and see your colony, knowing your contribution to the BeesMax project is making a difference. 

Q. How much space do I need to host a hive on my site?

A. All you need is an accessible rooftop, courtyard, or field, minimum 3m x 3m.

Q. Will the bees sting us?

A. The bees…

Please do 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.

Q. How do I know which size hive is best for my location?

A. BeesMax will carry out a comprehensive site survey at your location and will discuss the best options for you.

Q. What is expected of me once I have the hive(s) on my site?

A. As little or as much as you wish. BeesMax will fully manage your hive(s) but you do have the option of learning about hive management and developing your skills. You can also engage your employees if on a business location; great for CSR too. Ask us for more details. 

Q. I do not have space for a hive. What can I do?

A. Not to worry. We’d love your support and we can put your hive at locations around the UK on land already donated to us for use with our BeesMax project. You can also opt for the online data service to keep up to date with activity in your remote 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.

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

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