In 2011 Ann and Jeff Ross discovered a colony of honeybees had made a home in the wall of their mechanical workshop in Beerburrum. Many people might have followed the advice of friends and called in the pest control but having come from a family of apiarists; Jeff coaxed the bees into a box and before long bees and honey had become their passion.
Ann’s new-found interest in bees and her love of stingless native honey meant it wasn’t long before there were eight thriving colonies in the backyard. What happened next launched Hive Haven in a new direction toward saving both our stingless native bee. The heat waves of 2013 in south-east Queensland devastated both honeybee and stingless native bee colonies throughout Queensland. Beerburrum was no exception. Ann lost her 8 native bees which was devastating.
Ann and Jeff had identified a commercial opportunity for native honey but before these markets could be explored they would have to design a hive to suit the very hot weather conditions at Beerburrum.
In June 2015 , a concept 3D printed hexagonal hive was put on display at various locations around the Sunshine Coast. This enabled people including native bee keepers, scientists, engineers to contribute valuable knowledge. Ann and Jeff thank everyone for their generous support and every idea or suggestion helped.
Fast forward to 2018 – Hive Haven received funding from the Queensland Ignite Fund to manufacture the Hive Haven V9.
The Hive Haven V9 is specifically designed to maintain a stable temperature and enable the harvesting of stingless native bee honey and cerumen. It not only looks great but is functional as well. The design enables a variety of insulation materials to be used depending on the temperature and geographical region. This ability to insulate the hive for both hot and cold climatic conditions means native bees can now survive in areas where previously they would have died.
At Hive Haven we value the stingless native bee and want to raise the awareness of a threatened species through the sustainable commercialisation of native bee products.