Over the last decade there’s been growing concern for the humble honey bee. Changes to the countryside and agricultural techniques are a factor but also disease has hit colonies hard … Except in Alderney.
The island is reportedly one of only two world-wide – the other, Hawaii – that is completely free of bee diseases. A host of measures are being taken to make sure the island stays that way, a haven for healthy bees.
Following a ban on the import of the insects themselves, second hand beekeeping equipment has now been outlawed.
Now, Bee Keepers are looking to capitalise on Alderney’s unique status and breed and export healthy Queen bees to help bolster the bee population world wide.
Up to 300 hives are planned over a three year period. Whilst this may seem allot, the UK’s Bee keeping association agrees the project could help the UK’s ailing bee population.
It’s hoped bee keeping could develop into a sustainable cottage industry for Alderney very soon. Whilst at the same time safeguarding its disease free status.