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TO BEE OR NOT TO BEE?⁣

Definitely to bee.⁣

Without these superb pollinators, life would lose half its sweetness and much of its diversity.⁣

At the brewery, we’re well into our bees – Saint Gobnait (yes, she of the 9 White Deer) is the local patron saint of bees and beekeepers.⁣

So, a while back, we decided we’d repurpose some of our used plastic kegs for native Irish honey bees – Apis mellifera mellifera (A.m.m.), otherwise known as the Black Bee or European Honey Bee – to set up home in.⁣

Yep, they’re free-living honey bees, alright.⁣

Of course, Gordon made various MacGyver-style adaptations: ⁣

– Adding wooden dowels for the bees to build new comb from.

– Coating the interiors with beeswax to insulate them

– And creating a new entrance for the bees to defend, while allowing moisture to drain from the old beer opening

According to Prof. Tom Seeley, the ideal set-up for these habitats is a 30-40 litre vessel, placed about 3 metres off the ground, and on a tree line. ⁣

Now, such enclosures aren’t meant for harvesting honey or anything – just home-sweet-homes for these remarkable ecological players. ⁣

And they seem to be doing very nicely there.⁣

In fact, you can do a good deal in your own garden or terrace to help solitary bees.⁣

It might be as simple as drilling some holes in a timber post – the best place to go for all the relevant information is @irishbeecp website

ibcp.ie ⁣