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MEET ANDRE AND OUR BEES

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Since his introduction to beekeeping as a 13-year-old, Andre has become what most would consider as a bit of a ‘bee guru’. His extensive career has put him in many different situations; from cherry pickers to dismantling walls in houses, all in aid of protecting and preserving our precious British honeybee.

Andre has been assisting us with our vision to create, sustain and maintain healthy apiaries that are crucial to the flourishing, biodiversity ecosystem that we at Gazeley want to be able to give back to our direct environment.

Did you know?

Honeybees communicate with each other by dancing.

Our Bee Hotel

It was great to have a blank canvas to start with. It was important for us to make sure that the bees were kept far enough away from both the general public and the workers on the sites. This was not only for the safety of us, but also to create a sanctuary for the bees; somewhere they wouldn’t be disturbed, amidst the acre and a half of wildflower meadowland that we recently planted.

The bee hotel houses four colonies, which all contain four queens. In the height of summer, each colony can have up to 80,000 bees. The bees are able to travel up to 3 miles in order to forage for pollen and nectar. Previously, Magna Park was an agricultural farm, and we feel extremely privileged to be able to reinstate bees back into the land, as well as nurturing the surrounding environment to give them a better habitat in which to live and thrive on. Here at Gazeley, we are dedicated to supporting and rebuilding our immediate ecosystem and our apiaries are an important part of that mission.

The Queen

Meet one of our queens. You’ll notice how she stands out from the rest of the crowd due to her size and the blue spot on her back. The dot is made with a Pasco pen which is harmless to the bee. In this instance, we went with blue to fit with the Gazeley brand. We mark the queen because we need to constantly keep track of how she is doing, and, as you can imagine, it is rather difficult trying to spot her without this marking.

This is a queen that we have reared ourselves on site this year as part of our swarm management. In this image, she is only a few months old but has already proven herself to be worthy of the crown. She has done a fantastic job thus far of keeping her workers in check, as well as creating many, many more of them each day.

Fun fact

Our queen can lay her body weight in eggs each day which could lead to numbers of up to 80,000 honeybees in a colony in the height of summer. She is the mother to every single bee in this image, which only represents a small portion of the rest of her children within the colony.

Did you know?

The queen bee produces a pheromone that guides the behaviour of the bees.

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