15 August 2011
Scottish Wildlife Trust's Largest Ever Bee Colony
The bee colony at the Scottish Wildlife Trust’s Reserve and Visitor Centre at the Falls of Clyde has been described as the largest colony of its type ever seen.
Established in May this year, the colony started with initially 30,000 bees. It now houses over 100,000 bees. This is fantastic news for bees across Scotland. The loss in suitable habitats, such as hedgerows and hay meadows, has seen a real danger of bee numbers declining.
Brian Pool, a beekeeper with over 40 years’ experience, says the colony is the largest colony he has ever seen that has not swarmed. This is also known as dividing into separate hives.
Lyndsay Mark, Visitor Centre Manager at Falls of Clyde, said: “The 100,000 bees are made up of 90,000 worker bees, 10,000 drones and one queen bee.
“Visitors can come and see the bees busy making honey and we already sell this honey in the Visitor Centre.”
The hive is behind protective Perspex, so visitors can safely see the bees making honey before their eyes.
And this is all thanks to the funding raised by you, the players. Scottish Wildlife Trust is one of the eight Scottish charities that People's Postcode Lottery players regularly support.