What We Do
School Beehives and Bee Club
Bee the Change are able to set up beehives on school grounds, and run bespoke workshops and bee clubs. We can also spend time with the teachers over the course of the year, to teach how to nurture a honeybee colony.
School teacher at Hannah More Primary School where we have recently installed bees: “One of our students, sits and watches the bees all lunchtime. I ask him if he wants to come and play in the playground, and he just tells me that he is staying with the bees”
Please get in touch if you may be interested….
The beehives we make and sell, are painted with a finish, made of natural oils (sunflower, soya, linseed and thistle oils) and hard waxes (carnauba and candelilla waxes) to ensure no harmful substances come into contact with the bees.
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
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.
Planting Bee Habitat
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
“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