What We Do

Community Beehives

Community Beehive at Grow Bristol  Children painting the community beehive

As part of Bristol Green Capital, Bee the Change has set up beehives around Bristol which can be communally nurtured and looked after. We currently have one at Grow Bristol and one in Sneyde Park Nature Reserve. This is part of the Incredible Edible Bristol Urban Food Growing Trail.

Get in touch if you would like to help look after one of these hives.

 

Educational Talks and Workshops

Harvesting honey at a school with school children   Opening a beehive at forest school with the children

Bee the Change give educational talks, workshops and demonstrations at schools, universities and organisations interested in bees.

Our most popular, is a two-hour session, detailing the exciting stories and natural history of the honeybee, in a fun and interactive way. We begin with an introductory talk about honeybees, and invite the children to role-play with bee related outfits including bee suits. We then run four workshops – hand honey harvesting, wax modelling, bee hotel making with mud (for solitary bee homes around the school) and drawing save the bees posters for a take home message. Everyone gets a go. We run a bee quiz at the end to see what the children have remembered, and have a reflective session at the end to see what everyone liked and why, for confidence building and self-expression.

The children as a class get to keep their jar of honey that they squeezed themselves – if they didn’t eat it all that is! They are also left with a certificate of beehive adoption, whereby they are all welcome to come and meet real honeybees on one of our open days at the Bee Garden in Bristol. And lastly, we leave some wildflower seeds for them to plant in the spring or summer, to encourage gardening and increase habitat for pollinators at school.

Much shorter sessions can be arranged, or simply just the educational talk can be given.

We are able to set up hives in desired locations such as schools, forest clubs, and outdoor activity centres etc.

Beeswax Lantern with pressed flowers

 

Planting Bee Habitat

Bee Garden and sanctuary for honeybees, solitary bees - Ruskin Mill    Solitary Bee Hotel, Bee Sanctuary - Ruskin Mill

Bee the Change are planting bee forage and making bee sanctuaries to try and ensure there is enough food for our pollinators.  We have planted up a half acre plot at Ruskin Mill College for example, with year round nectar supply, bee mosaics, bee hotel and bumble bee nests.

Swarm Collection, and Relocation to New Beekeepers 

Putting a swarm of honeybees into a warre beehive

Please give us a call if you have a swarm of bees and live in Bristol or the surrounding area and we will come and collect it for free – 07988687515. We can also remove and re-home established colonies.

Want to start beekeeping? Get in touch if you would like to receive a swarm of honeybees.

Training Courses 

Bee the Change Teaching about Natural Beekeeping

Bee the Change run personalised courses on balanced beekeeping, as well as group courses – please get in touch if you are interested, or click on courses to see when the next one is.

Beekeeping Mentoring

If you would like to start keeping bees, but you are a little hesitant to do it alone, Bee the Change can provide a mentoring service. We can provide everything you need (hive, bees, equipment etc) as well as visits to get you going and happy. With this service, we will also always be at the end of the phone for any advise.

Bee Babysitting

If you are going away on holiday, travelling etc, Bee the Change can look after your bees and make sure they are happy and cared for.

Artistic Collaboration

We love to get the message out about the need to protect our bees and planet in as many forms as possible – art, music and media being great avenues.

We recently worked with Debbie Smyth to create a thread-art installation of a beehive, at Shambala music Festival.

Adopt a Beehive

Bee Certificate

If keeping bees isn’t your thing, you don’t have the space, or you simply want to help support our work, this is for you. Bee the Change runs an adopt a beehive scheme, and you can choose from one of our many hives around Bristol, and get as involved as you like.

– Come and meet your bees, and take part in some practical beekeeping at one of our open days

– Beautiful certificate of adoption

– Organic sunflower seeds for bees

– Discounts on courses

– Free advice if you decide to keep your own bees

– Invited to events

This is £35 and you can pay via Paypal.  Contact Us  for more details or if you have any specific requests.

Thank you!

My daughter adopted me a beehive from you for my birthday present & it’s probably the best present I have ever received! I’m super excited to come and visit the bees” – Beehive Adoptee

Beehive adoptees, checking in on the warre hive       Beehive adoptees, about to meet their bees

2 Comments

  1. This is such a great project, thank you. I am far away, in a small town in Turkey, having a few hives in my garden and doing ‘natural’ beekeeping /caring bee-girls, as much as I can. I love the idea of bee hotel for bumble bees, educational hives at schools and bee babysitting projects most. Wishing you lots of funding and many volunteers.
    füsun

  2. beethech

    November 12, 2015 at 11:35 am

    Thanks ever so much Fusun! Happy bee-ing 🙂

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