How renting our bee hives helps your business
Imagine the business positives of decision makers and consumers associating your brand with environmental renewal and the timeless beauty of our countryside in the shape of one of our most loved creatures and a very popular natural food.
How does your company better position themselves to meet the challenges of promoting their environmental and biodiversity efforts. Simple - Rent our bee hives.
How does this help my business?
100% Tax deductible.
Honey private labelled delivered to your door.
Your Hive branded and wrapped with your logo.
Exclusive hive site filming for unique publication and promotion.
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We need your help
We’re engaging the business community – especially in sectors we believe can make the greatest difference, such as, Construction, mining and food production.
Our Planet, our Future
We need to build a world with a future in which honey bees can thrive. After all, honey bees are essential creators of our food source.
We are facing an intersection in our planets life cycle and never has it been more important to make changes that ensure a healthy future.
In an increasingly technology-led world, Bee conservations Biome analysis use state of the art environmental testing – our sampling and metagenomic analysis is complex and time consuming but the results are definitive. Our expert knowledge allows us to help you make informed decisions about your environment and comply with legislation and non legislation ISO 14001 so you can optimise productivity.
The survival of businesses in the long-term hinges on ecosystem services, different species, and genes – that is biodiversity. these days, most businesses consider preservation and protection of biodiversity to be of utmost importance.
link biodiversity monitoring systems to policy objectives. Bee conservations offers pollen analysis - this test evaluates bee pollen as a bioindicator of environmental contamination, the test includes, pesticides, heavy metals, pollutants, chemicals, fertilisers, flora and fauna. Once we have the results they are sent back to you in a graph format, we then advise what action is needed to improve the area, the area measured is a three mile radius of the bee hive as this is the distance bees travel.
Why are bees dying?
“Bees have to learn many things about their environment, including how to collect pollen from flowers; Exposure to this neonicotinoid pesticide seems to prevent bees from being able to learn these essential skills.”
Researchers monitored bee activity using radio frequency identification (RFID) tags similar to those used by courier firms to track parcels. They tracked when individual bees left and returned to the colony, how much pollen they collected and from which flowers.
Bees from untreated colonies got better at collecting pollen as they learned to forage. But bees exposed to neonicotinoid insecticides became less successful over time at collecting pollen.
Neonicotinoid-treated colonies even sent out more foragers to try to compensate for the lack of pollen from individual bees.
Besides collecting less pollen, the flower preferences of neonicotinoid-exposed bees were different to those of foraging bees from untreated colonies.
The effects of two pesticides — imidacloprid, one of three neonicotinoid pesticides currently banned for use on crops attractive to bees by the European Commission, and pyrethroid (lambda cyhalothrin) — used alone or together, on the behaviour of individual bumblebees were studied from 40 colonies over a four week period.
“Although pesticide exposure has been implicated as a possible cause of bee decline, until now we had limited understanding of the risk these chemicals pose, especially how it affects natural foraging behaviour however new research is published in the prestigious peer-review journal Science.
Neonicotinoids make up about 30 per cent of the global pesticide market. Plants grown from neonicotinoid-treated seed have the pesticide in all their tissues, including the nectar and pollen.
“If pesticides are affecting the normal behaviour of individual bees, this could have serious knock-on consequences for the growth and survival of colonies,”
The varroa mite
The European honeybee — which has no innate immunity against viruses carried by the varroa mite, and in the last 30 years those viruses have become more virulent because of how they are transmitted between mites. The extent of this change is reflected in the fact that 20 years ago, 20 mites among 100 bees was a concern. Today, however, three mites among 100 bees carries the same level of threat.
Why we need to help bees
Bees pollinate the flowers, plants and crops that support other species (including humans). Without bees, our economy and the future wellbeing of our children and grandchildren would be at risk.
That's why it's so worrying that 13 bee species have become extinct in the UK since 1900 and a further 35 are on the threatened species list.
Britain's bees need your help today:
The loss of habitat is the most pressing problem facing British bees: 97 per cent of our vital grasslands have been lost in the past 60 years.Scientists estimate that it would cost over £1.8 billion every single year to pollinate UK crops by hand.
It's hard to imagine that an animal as small and inconspicuous as a bee, could be our greatest ally in providing food, but approximately one third of everything we eat is a direct result of their hard work. The FAO estimates that in Europe alone, 84 percent of the 264 crop species are animal pollinated and 4,000 vegetable varieties exist thanks to pollination by bees. The benefits of bees also go far beyond gastronomy. In a study conducted by the University of Reading, in the UK, researchers found that bees contribute £651 million to the UK economy each year.
How you can help
There are many ways you can help bees however see below for a few ideas.
By buying local raw honey, you not only support local beekeepers and their bees, but also the environmental health of your own town or city, as well as your own health. Unlike pasteurised honey, raw honey comes straight from the hive and is unheated - meaning it retains all its antioxidants, vitamins and minerals - and is and undiluted, making it more delicious in flavour. As an added bonus, raw honey is a well-known healing remedy for minor burns and abrasions, and can provide soothing relief for colds and flu. By buying only local raw honey, you help keep yourself and your local community healthy.
Honeybees feed on the flowers from nearby crops and ornamental plants, and it is vital that these not be coated in substances that could weaken the hive. Many small-scale growers now integrate organic or permaculture practices into their farms. This means farming without the use of pesticides, and planting a variety of crops instead of just one. These measures are great news for bees. Look for labels that say "grown without pesticides" at your local store, or visit your local farmer's market and ensure that the products you buy are bee-friendly. Buying local and organic is a great way to support the bees and your own community.