A Bee's World

A bee's world has two elements, the bee hive and the outside world. The hive is the centre of the colony. It contains the queen (the dominating individual and mother of all bees in the hive), the brood and the food storage. The outside world is the source for their nutrition and the place where they interact with humans, either directly or indirectly.

Both worlds are interdependent. If the outside world is hostile, the colony has a hard time surviving. If the colony is weak due to disease, the bees will not pollinate as efficient with consequences on abundance of fruit and the variety of flowers.

The Hive

The beekeeper's focus is the beehive. She is making sure that the bees are getting the best support possible. What this support looks like is quite different and depends on the location of the hives, the temperament of the bees and the preferences of the beekeeper. The task has become quite complex and the Surrey Beekeepers Association is there to assist.

The Outside world

The outside World is created by city planners, gardeners, farms, and somewhat untouched nature. More often than not, this world does not have much to offer to bees. Perfectly kept lawns, without a single flower in it, are a gardeners delight, but have nothing for bees. They would get excited about clover, dandelion and other wild herbs, which the perfect gardener deeply despises.

Monocultures, as used quite extensively in farming, are of interest to bees during a short period of time during the year. Usually there is not enough food available to carry the colonies through the rest of the year. It is not a sustainable situation

A Conversation

The Surrey Beekeepers Association looks to start a conversation with gardeners and city planners to raise the awareness for the needs of bees. Part of this conversation is education on the importance of the bees to our own well being.