HONEY BEES ARE FOREST DWELLERS
Honey bees are millions of years old, our hunter gatherer ancestors did not keep bees, they hunted bees for their honey in tree cavities and rock faces high up in nature. Bee hunting began to be superseded by beekeeping some 10,000 years ago, when people started farming and domesticating plants and animals.
The domestication of the bees, taken them out of their natural environment to man made homes, combined with the rise of industrial farming practices, use of chemicals and the removal of their natural habitat (the trees), has led to bees health suffering.
In response to this situation, a global movement has risen to protect the wild honey bee. One part of this is giving the honey bees homes that supports natural behaviour such as log hives.
BENEFITS OF LOG HIVES:
The shape of a hollowed-out log closely replicates a natural tree cavity. This means the bees make their comb to suit them.
The walls of a log hive are much thicker than is found in most commercial bee hives, providing greater insulation. The bees then expend much less energy cooling their home in summer and warming it winter and can focus on their health rather than survival.
Log hives are elevated on long legs. By being higher up the bees are kept out of the cold damp air at ground level where commercial hives exist.
Bees provided with these regenerative habitats have shown dramatic improvement in health and a significant drop in disease.
Our own human involvement with the bees can then be focused on tree planting and species diversification for increased forage.
Our vision is to see millions more honey bee nest returns to the trees and for bee-centred habitats to spread into each valley, village and town so the health of bees can return to this planet.