I refrained about posting about it last week as everyone had their minds focused on Covid-19 but maybe we need more entertaining topics these days.
My little project for this year is to set up tiny apiaries on airfields. They are ideal locations for that, with tons of space, little use of pesticides, relatively safe (hive theft is a real thing unfortunately) and, well, they are very conveniently accessible by air.
The first deployment occurred a couple of days before the shelter-in-place order using the trusty Aztec (talk about timing!). The plane is very easy to load from the rear baggage compartment once the rear seats are removed (a 5 minutes job) and it is a great tool for the job.
I’m now sitting on a hangar full of beekeeping equipment and the colonies that were scheduled to be installed on the first 3 airfields are growing in a local canola field so I’m not sure how I will ever manage to move them (they are getting heavier day after day, at least I think as I haven’t checked on them since the shutdown), but we’ll figure it out.
I’m planning on going full steam with this project once the shutdown is lifted, so if you are interested in hosting 5 hives at your local airfield, let’s get in touch! Now is the perfect time to get the paperwork done :-) Anywhere in Europe is fair game.
@wleferrand what a great project, and very positive, thank you for the post. I have a colleague who is a bee keeper but due to the current restrictions it may be some time before I catch up with him.
Bee keeping is good for morale as Virgil pointed out
Thanks for the special and original post !!
How many souls on board ?
Good idea William ! I will talk about it to friends who know airport managers.
It reminds me of this : https://www.hopbiodiversite.com/
It is a non-profit group (but set up by the airlines and CAT airports) that lists all species on airport/aerodrome grounds (like others, in the hope of finding a special one that would protect the airport).
Excellent, love it!,,,
Wonderful post, wleferrand
Dimitris, the manager of Sitia LGST on Crete keeps (or used to, last time I saw him c. 10 years ago) bees near the VOR there. They probably grow extra large, at 112.9MHz
For years, there was a load of beehives in a secluded field near where we live. I never saw bees there but then didn’t want to get too close, either… One day they disappeared.
I can see an interesting runway excursion Accident Report.