Partnering up to promote native bees

Hunley Hotel & Golf Club


Written by: Greg Fitzmaurice

Hunley Golf Club is pleased to announce that it is supporting local beekeepers in their endeavour to provide a way forward to a stable and sustainable future for our bees.

The National Bee Improvement Programme (NatBIP) is an initiative organised by the Bee Improvement and Bee Breeders’ Association (BIBBA), with the twin aims of reducing the number of imports of honey bees into Britain, Ireland and associated islands, and improving the quality of our honey bees.

The British Black is a local name for the honey bee sub-species Apis mellifera mellifera (Amm) that is native to the British Isles. David & Alan, two local beekeepers, have been raising near-native AMM queens for several years with the aim of developing a more hardy, docile and productive bee suited to our local environment. They have several apiaries along the north east coast, we have been making plans with them to set up a queen rearing station at the golf club. This is an ideal match with our vision of not only providing a leisure facility but also creating a natural habitat where wildlife, plants and animals are protected and undisturbed.

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