Why relocate bees or beehives when you can share space with the bees? Every case is unique. In general, it is better to leave the bees alone because the bee colony will redeploy themselves naturally results in a balanced ecosystem. However, sometime the beehive location build by the bees may cause discomfort to people or created safety issue due to higher risk of provoking the bees. In such case, the best option is to relocate the beehive to a more suitable place so that everyone can live in harmony.
Exterminating the bees was the method used by many people in the past and people are changing this approach. People are more aware on the important of conserving our eco system via sustainable practices.
I used to rate the removal at similar to pest control price and encouraging people to try sharing space with their bees. More people are making humane beehive removal as their preferred option. However, the new beekeepers wanted to build their bee garden and offer free service so that they can get their garden with bees. Pest control also started to do the beehive removal but with a competitive rate as they need practices. The whole scenario has changed. The new beekeepers are encouraging people to remove beehive with lower rate or free service. No one will be willing to try to coexist with bees and I am so worry with such trend the bees will be overly populated in a particular location and causing an imbalance in the local ecosystem.
When a location is overly crowded with a single type of pollinator, it will affect the survival of other pollinator in some way. The ecosystem needs to find ways to balance it again.
I am in dilemma, should I change my current approach to better mitigate the impact of such shifting of wild bee handling method and continue to educate people about the importance in conserving our local bees by sharing space with them instead of removing the beehive because the fee is low!
This year the participants not only get to learn about the types of local honey, they also got the chance to make their own lip balm using the 100% Beeswax extract from the unwanted comb that I have. One of the invited guest also share about their experience in co-existing with their bees. Many had decorated their adopted beehive and my task is to fill up all these beehives with colonies of bees.
One of the last year adopted beehive was housing a colony of Trigona that was rehomed from Mandai Zoo area. This colony is now residence at the rooftop of Temasek Shophouse. Nutrinest is collaborating with Temasek Trust in experimenting urban rooftop beekeeping in urban environment, such as Orchard, a very dense environment.
Currently Nutrinest is managing 3 bee gardens within Singapore, in the north, center and west part of Singapore. I hope I will be able to save as many bees from the current pest control exterminating method. I hope more and more people will support my bee conservation work and make Singapore, a city in the garden that is also truely bee friendly.
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.
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 participant 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.
Above is the shot video clip of the event on that day. Hope you will enjoy it!
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 assistance 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 goes so well and I have her shared her experience at the end of the removal. It is really fun to share with the young adult so that they can appreciate and understand the importance in conserving what we have on earth!
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.