Bees at Offshoots

Our Project Bees Beyond the Borough (BBB) builds on the work of our previous project Bees in the Borough (BIB) working towards the conservation of the British black honey bee. The project is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The project has established The Offshoots Beekeeping Centre of Excellence and Bee Farm which has involved increasing our number of colonies and resilience of British black honeybees in Pennine Lancashire.

We have a full time beekeeping apprentice who is working hard with our beekeeper developing our Bee pollination services.

We have a bee-lab facility on site at Offshoots which includes equipment to record, measure and breed black bee colonies; including those of other local bee keepers. This helps us map and evaluate the area and success of our programme.

We enjoy spreading the word about Bees running education sessions with local communities, schools, colleges, and local residents to increase areas of bee friendly foraging and community locations for hives. We deliver training on introductory bee keeping, planting and propagation workshops, as well as technical laboratory work using instrumental insemination and morphometry equipment.

Our Bee Farm now includes 48 bee colonies with sites included Stubbylee Park, Bacup, Accrington and Rossendale college grounds and Queens Park in Burnley and we are proud members of the Bee Farmers Association.

We are keen to recruit new volunteers who along with our existing volunteers will be supported and trained on of the importance of Black Bees.  We have chosen to work with the Black Honeybee as they are more resilient to climate change as they are adapted to cool NW Europe conditions and therefore better able to survive than bees from southern Europe.

The new bee colonies we have established have increased the number of British black honey bees and will have improved pollination rates for fruit and vegetables as well as wild flower meadows, resulting in a wider range and therefore resilience and diversity of flora.  This benefits both the sites where hives are located and adjacent sites within the radius of bee foraging – up to 5 km radius.

 

For more information call 01254 265163 or email
daniel.mcdermott@newground.co.uk