BEES IN THE CITIES – URBAN BEES

Humanities fascination for bees is nothing new. Bees’ efficiency in using space, their peaceableness compared with other stinging insect, their sensitiveness even for the smallest environmental changes, their ability to produce a variety of valuable products, and not at least the complexity of the bee colonies’ organisation, reminding of the organisation of human society, has invited repetitively to thinking about, reflecting upon and research related with bees, until today. 

This is one of the reasons why the “OpenBeeResearch” project allows providing a frame in which a variety of different disciplines and actors can meet and engage in a satisfactory synergetic work to better know how a bee colony behaves. 

“OpenBeeResearch” aims at uniting scientific experts, artists, and different actors from civil society (e.g. beekeepers, environmentalist, urban gardeners, bee keepers, architects) in collective works, creative activities and in a variety of different research activities with and along bees and the beehive. 

The bee is at the centre of collaborative work. The bee allows individuals and actors from different social spheres and disciplines connecting with each other, working on shared projects, and engaging in a productive information and knowledge exchange that can serve all kinds of different practical and theoretical purposes and interests.

Urban beekeeping

OUR PROJECTS WITH URBAN BEEKEEPING

Bees Connection (Castell dels tres dragons, Museu de Ciencies Naturals, Barcelona)
Hive Instalation (Kaisaniemi Botanic Garden, Helsinki, Finland)
OpenBeeLab experience (CAPC Musée d’art contemporain de Bordeaux)

HOW TO START WITH BEES

People are becoming increasingly interested in taking up beekeeping for several reasons. First and foremost is the satisfaction of harvesting your own delicious, home-grown honey. However, by caring for your own colony, you will also be benefiting the ecology of our planet. Today, as a result of intensive farming methods, extreme weather conditions, and a rise in bee disease, the bee population is declining rapidly across the world. As a result, our plants, including many of our food crops, are threatened– because, of course, as well as bees depending on plants, many plants depend on bees pollinating them in order to reproduce.

Another reason to take up beekeeping is the sheer pleasure of relaxing in the garden in the sunshine and hearing the steady humming of bees at work among your flowers– one of the sound most evocative of long and drowsy summer days.

We encourage you to take the first step to keeping bees. If you want to know more, enroll in a beginner’s course that will show you all you need to know about this fascinating pastime. A variety of courses be found through your local beekeeping association, or many are now listed on the Internet, which may suit your purpose. Good luck with your new hobby.

You will need also beekeeping equipment. You can find several online stores, but we recommend La tienda del apicultor , one of the most popular beekeeping supplies provider in Europe. A suit, smoker, beehive and hive tool is enough to start. Good luck with your new hobby.

WHO ARE TALKING ABOUT US?

https://ec.europa.eu/digital-single-market/en/blog/science-people
Bees in cities – Europe
https://www.barcelona.cat/barcelonacultura/ca/recomanem/barcelona-ciutat-de-referencia-en-la-ciencia-ciutadana
iCub institut de cultura – Barcelona – abelles urbanes