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.
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.
Your colony managed by our bee keepers and in complete safety at that.
We need your help
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’re engaging the business community – especially in sectors we believe can make the greatest difference, such as, Construction, mining and food production.
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. We need to push for education changes; for a school system that encourages young people to learn about biodiversity, sustainability and our environment. Currently, it is not part of the national curriculum, and climate change is only included from GCSE level onwards!
Your honey our bees
There is no better way to make a tangible difference to British eco-systems, and to let people know that you’re serious about biodiversity.
You don't have to worry about a thing! we will manage all aspects associated with the bee colony. To find our more click here.
Want to do your bit to help?
We tailor a product/solution to fit your budget. The costs involved depends on the size of the hive you decide upon. Individual payment options which determine the amount of honey you will receive. To find out more click hear
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. Furthermore, the American Beekeeping Federation, state that honey bees contributeover $14 billion to the value of US crop production.
How you can help
There are many ways you can help bees however, If time is your problem (and you are not keen on being stung!) you can Sponsor a queen bee today; in return you will receive a jar of honey, seeds to plant and regular updates.
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.
Thalia White is the founder and CEO of Bee Conservation, bringing her record of innovation and success in the high-value business world to a company that represents a personal passion with global significance.
Thalia’s career so far has taken in negotiating multi-million dollar deals in the gas sector; running European sales for business information specialists Russell Publishing, and leading sales and marketing as a director at the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
While excelling in the corporate world, Thalia was also living life to the full, mastering everything from marathon running to driving HGVs.
The British countryside has been a constant in Thalia’s life.
Her life-long love of horses has seen her compete in point to point racing and maintain a considerable personal stable of rides. So it was a natural step, in 2012, for Thalia to team her commercial skills with her equine expertise to found Nag’s Products, a business built around four horse toys she designed and patented. Click here to find out more.
The birth of her son, Rory, in 2011 sparked a change of perspective for Thalia that was to be the inspiration for Bee Conservation.
As a youngster in Surrey Thalia had been fascinated by the bees buzzing away in the garden next door. She got involved and promised herself that one day she would have her own hives.
True to form, Thalia fulfilled her dream. Starting with a single hive she learned the fascinating art of bee keeping. She now farms Bees.
Like all apiarists she has become aware of the global crisis for bees.
Under threat from habitat loss, pesticide use, parasitic varroa mites, and colony collapse disorder bee numbers have plummeted around the world. In Europe, the number of bee colonies was down by 25% according to Rabobank’s 2011 report.
A crisis for bees, which pollinate around 80% of the world’s plants and as much as 90% of our food plants, could soon be a crisis for global food security.
Thalia’s answer is Bee Conservation. Please use our contact page to find out how we can help your agricultural business blossom again or Garden.