In nature, bees prefer to live in natural cavities high up above the ground, at least 2 meters. Away from the damp floor, and out of the way of predators. They live in hollows in trees, rock faces, or, less convenient in chimneys or in roof spaces. Around us, we have found numerous examples of wild, or feral bees, living in such circumstances, chosen by the bees themselves, in a location that suits them and a cavity that answers to their needs.
So, in our apiary, we put our hives up on platforms in trees. From there, we provide a clear window for them to fly out into the open environment.
It is the perfect way to get bees established in their natural and preferred habitat.
Equally, in our rewilding program, we put the empty (bait) hives up in trees, or high elevated stands, where the bees themselves find the bait hive. Sometimes we build a permanent platform, or we secure the hive to the tree. We are very careful to make sure the hive and platform are well secured and stable to prevent any possible damage by storms and winds.
Give bees a home
We consider our hives an alternative to the ever decreasing natural habitat and offer swarms a suitable place to go. With more and more big trees being cut down, swarms have less natural places to go to and end up in chimneys and other places less convenient to the owners of the property. By putting up empty, suitable hives, we can help support the bee population and prevent them from moving into places where they run the risk of being removed.
To be able to continue with our rewilding program, we need sponsors. You can read more about how to sponsor a hive on this page.