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  • Writer's pictureWiltshire Wildlife CE

Our Hives Are Here!

Just a few days after World Bee Day, it gives everyone here at WWCE great pleasure in celebrating the arrival of our new beehives at our Chelworth solar farm. But these aren’t just any beehives….

As part of our biodiversity mission we are really excited to be teaming up with the Naturesave Trust on the ‘Solar Bee Project’. Our Chelworth site, which is adjacent to the Wiltshire Wildlife Trust Blakehill Farm Nature Reserve, was recently selected as one of only four new solar farms in the country to introduce a new type of beehive to the UK. The Thermosolar hive is designed to protect honey bees from the parasitic Varroa mite. Unfortunately Varroa is one of the main causes of bee colony losses worldwide and chemical treatments are often ineffective and they can be harmful to the bees as well as leading to increasing pesticide resistance. The Thermosolar hive is cleverly designed to use the sun to raise the internal temperature of the hive to a temperature that kills the mite but does not harm the bees.

This is a great step for WWCE as part of its mission to actively promote biodiversity through the management of our solar sites. The fact that these new types of hives use solar energy to remove the need for chemicals in maintaining the health of the bees is a great fit with the WWCE mission. There is plenty of nectar from the flowering plants within the solar farm and the adjacent nature reserve and a source of water in our natural pond. A local beekeeper will manage the hives on our behalf and we are looking forward to welcoming our new bee colonies to their new home very soon. We are also looking forward to sampling the first of our Chelworth Solar Honey later in the year, maybe at our AGM!

Look out for more bee news soon, including some more developments at Chelworth to help lots more species of pollinators.

For more information about the project follow this link:


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