Bees in the City

Beehives have been placed on the roof of Chaucer building on Goldsmith Street to add to Nottingham's network of pollinators.

Honey bees have found a new home on the roof of Chaucer building in the heart of Nottingham. Resources Manager Nigel Smith has been looking after the bees and he carefully moved the hives onto the roof on 25th August. The aim of the move is to add to the network of pollinators around the city at the time when their numbers are drastically falling. Placing the bees on Chaucer will give them good access to the Boots Library rooftop garden, the Arboretum, Dryden Corner and many other green spaces around the city – honey bees can easily fly for a couple of miles to find sources of food. As they collect food they will pollinate a wide variety of flowers, allowing the plants to set seed. It is estimated that 84% of EU crops and 80% of wildflowers rely on pollination so it is a hugely valuable process for people, plants, and wildlife. As the intensification of agriculture has made the countryside less hospitable, our urban environments have become increasingly important for insects. Our honeybees will be an important addition to Nottingham’s invertebrate community.

Chris Pryke-Hendy and Nigel Smith place the bee hives on Chaucer roof
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Chris Pryke-Hendy and Nigel Smith place the bee hives on Chaucer roof

We will be placing cameras on the hives which will stream live to a dedicated web page so everyone can keep an eye them. A previous attempt at keeping hives on Newton building failed because it was too windy, but we are hoping these bees will find Chaucer to be a more suitable and sheltered place to live. The Environment Team are also planning flower beds for the roof to provide food for all local pollinators Keep an eye out for updates on our twitter, facebook and instagram pages.

Bees in the City

Published on 1 September 2017
  • Category: Environment and sustainability

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