- wellbeing of staff and customers
- physical distancing
- hygiene and cleaning
- record keeping
Does having a rooftop beehive really helping save the bees?
All insects and pollinators need our help. Installing a rooftop beehive helps educate and inspire the community about biodiversity and the importance of pollinators in our ecosystem. Hosting bees becomes a focal point for deeper conversations about sustainability, biodiversity and critical issues facing our environment.
Bee populations have been declining steadily across every continent (except Antartica!) for many years. Some of the main factors include urbanisation, loss of habitat, chemical sprays (pesticides, insecticides and herbicides), large scale farming, monocultures, and climate change to name a few. You can read more about the why we need to save bees here.
Do honey bees compete with native Australian bees?
Data on whether honey bees outcompete native bees is equivocal. A recent paper published by CSIRO found that it is premature to conclude that honeybees have either a benign influence or a net detrimental impact on Australian native bee abundance, species richness, or reproductive output. The effect of any invasive species is likely to be strongly context dependent.
In our experience as urban beekeepers, we frequently see honey bees foraging on the same floral source at the same time or at different times indicating a harmonious co-existence between bee species.