Does the city need bees?
We need bees. It is estimated that 75 percent of the food we eat is dependent on plants pollinated by insects.
- It is estimated that 75% of the food we eat is directly or indirectly dependent on bees and other pollinating insects. 90% of apple crops depend entirely on bee pollination.
- City bees pollinate plants in gardens and parks, on balconies and green roofs. Various research proved crops are better and higher when bees are around.
- Thanks to bees the pollinated plants can give fruit and spread seeds, which increases biodiversity in cities.
Do bees like living in the city?
Green cities can be a great place for bees.
- Parks, gardens and other green areas in cities provide bees with a greater variety of food.
- The average temperature in the city is higher than in non-urban areas. This means it is easier for the bees to survive during the winter.
- In cities the use of pesticides is not as common as it is in rural areas.
- As a result, bees have a higher survival rate in cities than they do in the coutryside. The research carried out in the USA has shown that urban bees have 60% survival rate compared to rural bees with only 40 to 50% survival rate.
Will bees sting me?
Bees are often mistaken for wasps,
which are responsible for most stings.
- Bees don’t actually want to sting you as they die immediately after stinging. They will only ‘defend’ an area of 2-3 metres around the hive.
- Bees are often mistaken for wasps, which are responsible for most stings.
- We make sure that our urban beehives are located apropriately to keep both the bees and the public safe.
Is urban honey good for you?
Bees filter the nectar so you can be sure that there are no impurities in the honey produced in cities.
- Urban apiaries are monitored by veterinary authorities and honey which is produced in cities was tested by us for quality purposes, including the presence of heavy metals and hydrocarbons.
- The research has shown that honey produced in Warsaw is free from those particles and meets all the required standards. We can share the laboratory tests result if you wish.
- Cities are free from pesticides risk. Pesticides – especially when misused – are one of the problems of the contemporary beekeeping. We have never observed bees poisoned in the city.
- In addition, the diversity of plants found in city gardens and parks makes the taste and color of urban honey unique. It is also deemed to be surprising or “not obvious”. Urban honeys are so far our most favorite.