Bluestone is getting Honey Bees

By Kristina Gore

The world’s bee population is in decline and that means big trouble for humans too.

According to Green Peace - bees are resonsible for roughly 80% of the world’s pollination and whilst the pollination of flowers can mainly be accredited to the wind, we have bees to thank for the pollination of 70% of the fruit, vegetables and nuts that we eat. 

The exact reason for our bees’ decline is currently unknown however research suggests that there are a number of factors that could be playing a part in Britain including argricultural development, climate change and the migration of foreign species. 

What is Bluestone doing to help? 

In our pursuit to help the environment, we’re bringing honey bees to Bluestone! 

In addition to managing our land to encourage the right habitat for “wild” bees, we’ve created our own apiary on part of our land where the Pembrokeshire Beekeepers Assosiation will soon be placing two honey bee hives. 

As with everything at Bluestone, our new apiary has been designed with our guests’ enjoyment and safety in mind. The specially designed netting that surrounds the hives will drive our honey bees up high before they can exit the apiary which will allow our guests to observe our honey bees or pass by whilst still keeping a safe distance. 

We have also placed an interpretation  board close to our apiary so our guests can learn all about our honey bees when they come to visit them.

Honey bees still not your thing?  That’s OK, our apiary isn’t near any accomodation or public area and we’ve made it easy to avoid by placing warning signs around the land approaching the apiary. 

Fun facts about honey bees: 

• The average worker bee lives for 5-6 weeks while the queen can live up to 5 years.

• Bees “dance” to communicate! They have special “routines” which they use to indicate the direction of a food source.

• In flight bees beat their wings 200 times per second. 

• There are 3 types of honey bee in a hive: the queen, workers and drones.

• In their lifetime, a worker bee will produce a twelfth of a teaspoon of honey.

Categories:Whats new, Environment


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