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They may bee up on the roof, but our two new Honeybee hives are creating a real buzz at our Reading office.
Our office rooftop is an ideal, safe place for our pollinators to call home as the environment fulfils the three main requirements that they need:
Within our area of Reading there is a huge and varies amount of forage available, from parks and gardens to waste ground and railway cuttings. All of which is free from pesticides, unlike rural areas, which ensures that our bees remain healthy.
There is consensus amongst bee aficionados regarding the location of beehives on a roof, the hive should be in a dry sunny position and face a southerly direction in the Northern hemisphere and a northerly direction in the Southern hemisphere. The idea is that the bees will get the maximum amount of sunlight at the earliest possible time in the morning.
Many factors play a part in how productive a beehive will be. The strength of the colony - are there enough foraging bees? What forage is available – does it vary or is it just one type of flower or a floral desert like a field of wheat? Weather – is it conducive to flight? What is the humidity like?
Generally, a hive will produce around 18 to 22Kg’s, however this can drop to 0 or be as high as 45Kg’s.
Here in the U.K. there are two main nectar flows plus the heather nectar flow. The first flow is between mid-April to the end of May, with a second flow from mid-June to the first week of August. The heather flow is normally between August and September.
Steve, our local beekeeper, has bred and supplied them from a stock of UK honeybees. He will pop in regularly throughout the year to check on them and make sure they stay healthy and bumble along nicely. He will also make sure the colonies don’t get too big and start swarming i.e. leave the hive as a big group.
Steve up on the roof with our CEO Rod Barthet (on left).
Keeping beehives helps businesses towards fulfilling their CSR and ESG goals and allows them to support a number of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
In total, bees can support 10 of the 17 SDGs, from Life on Land to Good Health and Wellbeing, Sustainable Cities and Communities to Climate Actions.
Humans have been working with Honeybees for over 9000 years, however many people find the idea of keeping bees in cities strange and worry about the dangers of large groups of bees near humans. There is a perception that bees are aggressive and dangerous to people.
People need not fear honeybees as they have been bred for safety. With urban beehives usually placed where there is minimal human contact, the only places where an encounter could happen is when honeybees are pollinating flowers in window boxes, trees and gardens.
Urban beekeeping isn’t just good for the environment, it’s essential to the future of green cities. Urban beekeeping helps people connect with their environment, promotes pollination of flora, supports urban agriculture, and provides data to scientists and planners designing sustainable solutions.
Rooftop beehives are a great way to bring biodiversity to a building. Scientific studies have revealed that bees thrive in urban areas, more so than in suburban or rural locations. In light of this, corporate urban rooftops have huge potential to be crucial sites of pollinator support.