What would you like to Bee?
NPark had done a great job to make SIngapore a city in the Garden! Are we ready to welcome all the other livning things to make the garden their home?
Have you started to realise an increase in discovery of Snakes, Otters, Bats, Butterflies, Bees, Birds, Wasps and many other living things in our neighbourhood? These animals and insects are used to live in a natural environment, with their frequence appearance it is an indication that the development of the city in the garden is really working well. To me, the benefits of this city in the garden is to increase the biodiversity in our environment and make it sustainable. Are you ready for the changes?
As most of the residents in Singapore are used to a sterilised environment, an appearance of this wild animal can sometime cause a huge commotion. Hence to minimise complaints or "liability" almost all immediate solution is to kill them by hiring a pest control exterminator. However, this is not a sustainable solution! I just find it so amused when Npark getting pest control to kill colonies of bees found in their parks or recommending pest control to public who are seeking solution for their bee problems. Then, on the other hand, trying to educate the public and preach that it is very important to conserve the bees due to their pollinators roles? Many organisation have been trying to help providing service to humanely removing Wild Beehives yet they are not being considered by the authority! I hope they can at least not to recommending pest control solution to the public or it will make the conservation much harder!
Now as the city in the garden is taking shape and bees are attracted and happily making their new home. They did not know that they can be killed anytime if someone found them. Especially in the park close to residential area.
Nutrinest has been working hard to share the knowledge about our local bees and trying to change the myth about the bees. This year we celebrated our 2nd World Bee Day at our bee garden. Over a hundred participated. We were at the garden for a good whole 4 hours and mingled with close to 200 thousand bees. Amazingly, no one get stung by a bee! Statistic shows that the chance of getting kill by a bee is one out of 6 million, way lower than killing for smoking or car accident. If everyone learn the basic bee behaviour and learn to response to incidents, the rate of a bee problem can be even lower.
In many other countries, the schools had already started Beekeeping as an extracurricular activities. If all school in Singapore started a program to educate student about how we can co-exist with all the living things that can be found in this city in the garden, then this project will really be a successful. An education not asking the student to avoid close contact with the living thing by really accept them and give them respect and space.
Are your ready to live with them and share space?
Recently the principal from one of the well known international school located in Singapore Orchard road enquired about humanely relocating beehive service provided by Nutrinest. He would like the bee colony to be removed for safety of the students in the school but at the same time conserving this important living thing on earth. He asked me if I could help to relocate the bees as soon as I can. I understood it was urgent and quickly took time to visit the school on that same day and this was what I saw.
This was an Apis Cerana hive built under the roof corner which was 3 stories high. The roof tiles were cemented, underneath the roof tiles a sheet of Aluminium was shielding off a narrow gap between the wall and the roof. Looking at the gap the chance of accessing the beehive through the gap was very slim as there was not much room. Once my hand was inside the gap the sight of the beehive would be totally blocked. The last option was to cut away part of the false ceiling under the the roof to access the beehive.
On the day of bee removal, the school already gotten the scaffolding setup. I climbed up to have a closer examine the structure before coming up with a final plan. To do that I had to remove the Aluminium sheet. It was well tightened with screws and long nails. Upon the sheet was removed I realised that to access from under the false ceiling was not possible as there was a layer of wire mesh covering on top of the false ceiling. Finally, I decided to try removing the beehive through that tiny gap. The problem was my sight of the beehive would be block by my hand that tried to catch the queen bee without hurting her! It was very challenging!
dI setup my box and get ready to have the queen. After a fair bit of time and effort finally the queen was captured and placed into the box. Very soon all the bees had realised that the queen bee was inside the box and started to enter through the two holes on the box to reunite with the queen. Within one hour most of the bees had already entered into the 2 tiny entrance holes of the box, you can see their action from the video below.
The 2 pictures on top shown the condition of the location before and after the beehive was removed.
Now the bee colony are relocated to a ECO garden located in Sembawang. I hope someday the school can organise a trip for the students to come and visit the bees originated from the school and have some close interaction with them. Watching them foraging nectar in the garden and making honey in their new hive. Learn how the bees help to balance our eco system and keep all living things on earth to lives on. For us and our next generation to come.