Britain’s declining bee numbers have been cause for concern but the new beehive by Omlet could be the answer for boosting bee populations. The beehaus, backed by Natural England, is being dubbed as the urban beehive and has been designed to make it easy to keep bees in a garden or on a rooftop, helping ensure pollination of fruit and vegetables and providing up to 50 jars of honey over the summer.
Recently there have been concerns about the effects of poor weather, varroa mites and even pesticide use having detrimental effects on the bee populations of the UK, effects which are also being felt around the world. Bees are crucial for pollinating food crops and the honey market, and although more people are becoming aware of the downturn in numbers and taking action such as planting wildlife gardens with plants that attract bees such as rosemary and lavender, more still needs to be done to secure their future and the important role they play. The beehaus could be one answer to this, making urban beekeeping an option.
The beehaus is made from plastic and is twice the size of traditional beehives such as the National or the WBC (William Braughton Carr), the tapered sided beehive, often painted white, that most people would think of when imagining a beehive. In addition, the beehaus has a built in stand which lifts it to a more comfortable height for inspecting the hive and caring for the busy inhabitants.
The spacious design of the beehaus gives enough space for 22 frames, meaning that the options available to the backyard beekeeper are kept open. As the colony grows in springtime, the extra space can be used to accommodate the growing bee population, or the colony can be split to create two colonies.
In addition to this a number of other features make the hive an attractive proposition to new beekeepers. A mesh floor ensures good ventilation to help maintain airflow through the hive, triple insulation helps the bees maintain the correct body temperatures in summer and winter, and a safe landing area complete with wasp guard to prevent unwanted visitors entering the hive.