Bees on the roof in Arenastaden

15 Jul 2016

Our Arenastaden bees are thriving and the place is literally a hive of activity! They are helping to create a healthy environment for both plants and people in the district.

Supporting bees

The bee colonies that we are supporting in Arenastaden are flourishing. There is feverish activity at the hive on the roof of the building at Dalvägen 30 and Evenemangsgatan 31. The bees moved in at the beginning of summer 2015 to help contribute towards a more sustainable area in which plants, trees and people can thrive.

Property company Fabege first chose to support bee colonies back in 2013 in Hammarby Sjöstad. After seeing the positive impact there, a decision was made to roll out the initiative and bring a hive to Arenastaden.

Our Arenastaden bees

Right now at the beginning of June, the hive is home to around 20,000 bees and the number is growing as the queen lays more eggs, which hatch into larvae and fully-grown bees under the industrious care of the worker bees. Levels are added to the hive as the colony grows, but there is a fine balance between being too overcrowded and having too much room.

Overcrowding causes stress to the bees and increases the risk of part of the colony swarming and leaving the hive. On the other hand, too much room in the hive can mean the bees are more spread out and conditions are cooler, which makes it harder to rear young for the colony. The bees’ needs are to a certain extent reminiscent of the conditions we humans require in order to thrive.

Regular inspections by Bee Urban

The bees in the hive require regular monitoring. At least every ten days, a member of staff from Bee Urban comes to inspect both the hive itself and the bee colony. The volume of the hive is adapted to the number of individual bees, and checks are also carried out to ward off diseases or mites. And of course, the honey-filled wax frames are taken care of.

Honey for the tenants

The honey produced by the bees from the nectar they collect also needs to be regularly taken care of. Tame bees, which are what we have, have a special ability to produce more honey than they actually need for their young. It is this excess honey that we humans benefit from.

Each season, a single hive in an urban environment can produce around 10 to 20 kilos of honey. However, if the hive is located close to plants that produce lots of nectar, it can make in the region of 80 kilos of honey in a season. The honey that comes from Arenastaden’s hive is collected and offered to tenants in the building.