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Honey Harvesting Demo
Originally posted Oct 2018
The first Raw Honey harvesting demonstration with exclusive participants,. They get to see how I harvest raw honey from the beehive and also tasted some of the harvested honey. It was their first time harvesting and tasting such freshly harvest raw honey right in Singapore. They are probably the only few had such memorable experience. Hope to conduct such workshop more often in the future to encourage more to people to save our local honey bees in Singapore and make their own honey!
First Rooftop Apiary in Orchard Road
Original event on Dec 2019
We have just held our first Bee gardens Workshop event at Temasek Shophouse. The very first Bee gardens developed at the heart of Singapore, Orchard Road.
It is an experimental collaboration for Nutrinest with Temasek Trust. It is also our third Bee garden in Singapore. The objective of this garden is to share the important of our local honeybee and the possibility to have urban beekeeping for conservation.
Above is the shot video clip of the event on that day. Hope you will enjoy it!
More than one hundred participants had participated on that day. Many participants tried some honey produced by our local honeybees, make their own Honey Ice Cream and lip Balm using the 100% Beeswax that we extracted from our unwanted honeycomb. Some participants also got to experience honey extraction from the beehive make by the bees in the gardens and tasted them. Many kids also enjoyed feeding some honey to the bees in the garden with their bare hands!
I can see a huge possibility to cohabit and share our space with the local honeybees. It is not necessary to exterminate any beehive found in your area as we can always humanely manage the wild bees by rehome them to a suitable location.
I hope with more of such event will change people's mindset about bees and welcome the idea of sharing space with them. We need our local honeybees to help us in keeping our ecosystem healthy as all living things benefit from what the bees have been contributing to all.
Read more about that day here:
Urban beehive sets Orchard Road abuzz
BY LOW YOUJIN
Published December 25, 2019 on TODAY online
Originally posted: March 2020
Tiana is a 10 year old girl that I met in Bollywood Veggie during my regular roadshow to promote local honey bees conservation. She was so interested in finding out how I am able to humanely removing a wild beehive. She asked if she can get involve in one of my removal. After getting approval from her parents and understanding the risk involved. we were at the site for a beehive removal. It is the first time that I have such a young assistant to help me with a beehive removal. I let her tried to touch the bees and leading some of the bees into the temporary container where the queen bee was allocated and transferred by me in advance. Everything went so well and I had her shared her experience at the end of the removal. It is really fun sharing with the youths so that they can appreciate and understand the importance in conserving what we have on earth!
Originally posted Oct 2021
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In view of the renewing of wildlife acts and try getting the wildlife protected in a top-down manner. I love that part to penalise the intentional killing of wildlife, which includes bees. This means that Pest control is not allowed to indiscriminately kill any bees anymore! Because of this, many pest control companies have approached Nutrinest and request about learning how to humanely removing wild beehives. I can see the effects of the new acts but at the same time problems too! I think it is time to get the top-down and bottoms-up meet.
Many pest control would like to follow the act but they are not equipped with the knowledge and skill to properly handle bees. With that, I am seeing more clients complaining about bees issues and when I investigate the physical bee colony I found that there are a lot more escape bee colonies. this usually happened when the colony is being served by someone who could not manage the bees well. With this, the strength of the colony is greatly reduced and chances of surviving are much lower. I have been helping to save such a colony but most of the time they dissolved after a period of time. This is worst than exterminating cause a colony is double handled leaving both separate colonies to die slowly!
I would like to know what is the plan to quickly bring up the service providers' knowledge and skill to handle wild bees properly? Is there a guideline or standards established to ensure the wild bees are humanely managed? If there is, where can the general public get on hold to it?
In the new acts, it is also mentioned that it is illegal to keep wildlife including bees without written approval from the Director General Wildlife Management. For a better wild bee control, it is best to evenly distribute the colony population. Hence, it is important to have more locations to relocate the rescued bee colonies. Will the government prepared to release more sites to house all these rescued bee colonies? I am constantly looking for new site. Capture and release will only satisfy in resolving a particular incident but not the root cause. I would like to suggest the idea of Nutrinest Total Wild Bee Managment and work with all the stakeholders to implement this. It will include educating the public, the service providers, and the authority in handling wild bees under different situation, and establishing standards and methods in managing the wild bees.
May I ask how to get in touch with the Director of General Wildlife Management to work with him on all these?
WHAT BEE TO KEEP IN SINGAPORE?
Originally posted Oct 2020
There are many people approached me to learn about urban beekeeping. Most of them wanted to keep stingless bees. Even some government agency such as NPark and Schools requested to collaborate with Nutrinest in keeping stingless bees. I have rejected all of them and here is the reasons:
The objective for urban beekeeping is to provide education opportunities for the public to understand about our local bees and how we can better interact with them instead of exterminate any if found! For this to be effective, keeping different types of honeybees is the key to achieve the goal. Public will get to learn and differentiate the different types of bees. The ability to identify which type of bee will sting and which will not.