REWILDING OUR HONEY BEES

Many people, groups and governing bodies have been working to find ways to help save our honey bees, and BeesMAX is proud to be providing a small step of success towards this goal.

Highlighting the huge problems of pesticides, disease and the Varroa mite is only half the story, wild bees also need more homes to go to. Deforestation and the lack of unmanaged very old trees is the root of yet another hidden problem of a very heavily managed rural environment. 

The BeesMAX Urban Rewilding Scheme rehomes honey bees into UK homes, businesses and schools.  Our unique urban honey bee hotels work in the same way as you would install a bird or bat box. 

Mark Gale kneeling next to a beehive

URBAN HONEY BEE HOTELS

  • Support our Urban Rewilding Project
  • Ideal for gardens large and small.
  • Host one bee hotel or more, depending on the size of your garden / grounds.
  • Our urban honey bee hotels enable bees to be rehomed in the wild where they can thrive, grow and replenish the existing depleted bee colonies.

YOUR URBAN HONEY BEE HOTEL

INDIVIDUALS   |   BUSINESSES   |   SCHOOLS   | COUNTRY ESTATES

BeesMax manages your urban bee hotel so you have peace of mind that you are helping the wild honey bee population.

£500 per year
SINGLE
ideal for urban gardens
1 x service managed hotel
Regulr checks on hive activity & bee health
Client access via booking system
Option of BeesMax Bee Hive Box
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£750 per year
DOUBLE
ideal for larger gardens and estate grounds
2 X fully managed hotels
Regulr checks on hive activity & bee health
Client access via booking system
Option of BeesMax Bee Hive Box
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MULTIPLE
multiple bee hotels and ideal for those wanting honey
multiple hotels fully managed
half day engagement session
Harvesting of honey from your hive(s), spinning, jarring and personalised labels
Regulr checks and client access
BeesMax Bee Hive Box
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All Urban Honey Bee Hotel packages include:

  • Survey of your site for hive suitability
  • Hive installation
  • Care and regeneration of colonies
  • Swarm prevention & management
  • Winter hive insulation
  • Treatment for diseases using only natural non-manufactured ingredients
  • Immediate replacement should the colony abscond
  • Pollination of the local area
  • Minimum one year fully serviced installation

ADDITIONAL OPTIONS

You don’t just have to host a hive. If you wish you can opt for our ‘Training and Engagement’ programme and include an Arnia™ data collection system in your hive to monitor bee activity and behaviour.

URBAN BEE HOTEL SERVICE

HOW DOES IT WORK?

STEP 1: REGISTER

REGISTER your interest by contacting us here: contact us.

STEP 2: SITE SURVEY

We will conduct a SITE SURVEY to ensure your property is suitable for one of our hives and possible locations for the hive(s) to be situated. 

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 will then be organised to suit 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. Watch the flowers in your local area, even fruit and vegetables, grow larger and stronger due to al the pollination from you bees. Senior hive hosters can then enjoy honey when harvested.

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 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.

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