Thursday, April 7, 2011

Helping out the Colony with 'The Bee Station'

UK Designer Jamie Hutchinson may have a design solution to the rapid decline of bees, known as Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD)...
His design is called the Bee Station and it is Hutchinson's answer to a problem announced by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, for the uninitiated (RSPB). Which states 'bees throughout the gardens in the urban UK are now so overworked that they barely have the energy to fly and fulfill the critical role as pollinators.'
The RSPB report concludes with some actionable advice: "Much like us, a sugary drink could boost their energy levels and a simple sugar and water combination will be a welcome treat. Simply mixing around two tablespoons of white, granulated sugar with one tablespoon of water and placing the mix in a small container like an egg cup among bees' favourite flowers, will provide them with energy at this busy time."
Think of Hutchinson's Bee Station as a 'pit stop' wayside that the bees can go to to refuel and get their energy back so they can get back to work and safely make it back to their hive. 
...That's great news, now get back to work and MAKE ME SOME HONEY..!! 

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Judith said...

Putting out sugar water in your garden will attract yellow jackets and not do much to help the honeybees or bumblebees.
Commercial and many hobby beekeepers feed sugar (or corn syrup) to their bees and this is part of the reason why the bees are failing!
Bees should not be fed sugar water. There are no nutrients for bees in sugar and it is the wrong pH. They need nectar and pollen. So if you want to feed the bees ... plant an organic bee friendly garden with lots of nutritious pollen and nectar. An excellent book on how to treat bees holistically is Gunther Hauk's Towards Saving the Honeybee.

chet rosales said...

@Judith - Thanks for your comment :)
It is interesting to find designs like this one where the designer's intent is positive, but the execution maybe more damaging in the long-run.
Hopefully the 'Bee Station' is fully thought through before it is taking further past the conceptual/prototype phase...

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