HIVE HIRE & MAINTENANCE
Place native beehives at your school or other educational facility
Place a pair of Australian native stingless beehives at your educational location to use as a fantastic educational resource, have a real impact on the environment, and pollinate nearby flowers.
Our expert beekeepers take full care of the beehives offered in this service to provide a completely hassle free experience. This includes installation, periodic maintenance, health monitoring, and hive replacement should the bees fall ill.
Our beehives are protected by a tough and attractive hardwood box, decorated with an authentic, local Indigenous artwork (representing the significant connection that many Aboriginal people have with native bees) on the roof.
Importantly, our bees are completely stingless and therefore pose no stinging risk to students, teachers, or visitors. This means that you can get up close and personal to learn about the bees.
Why native bees?
For schools and other educational facilities, native bees have the major benefit of being virtually harmless, with no dangerous sting. This significantly reduces the risk for injury, with all of the same educational benefits as honey bees, and even better environmental benefits.
Many people are aware of the difficulties that bee populations are facing, however less people know that it is in fact our native bee species that need our help, not introduced species such as the European Honey Bees.
These bees are one of the most important pollinators for Australian crop production. In addition, native bees are significant to many indigenous cultures (and our hives recognise this with authentic indigenous artwork).
Native bees are most impacted by pesticides, land clearing, monocultures, and competition with introduced species.
There are many resources available for help on how to incorporate native beehives into your educational programmes, so please do not hesitate to ask.
Have a real impact
Particularly in urban areas such as Sydney, issues including land clearing and pesticide use have led to declines in many species of native bees. In the 2019 bushfire season, over 1 000 000 native stingless bee colonies are estimated to have perished in NSW alone. Supporting a hive of native bees is one of the most effective ways to help these native bee populations.
By supporting two colonies on site, you are:
Supporting 60, 000 bees for their entire lives every year
Facilitating the pollination of tens of thousands of local flowers - a single bee can pollinate more than 150 flowers in one day
Increasing the local population of native plants, as pollination by native bees can lead to higher seed set
Increasing the productivity of any vegetable gardens or growing beds that you have on-site