Lease a Hive Haven V9 Native Bee Box (with bees) Price on application
People are drawn to stingless native bees especially because they don’t sting!
Hive Haven offers a number of leasing options depending on your situation. We primarily service the Sunshine Coast however will travel on demand. We have recently installed a hive in the heart of the country at Australian Parliament House, Canberra – so nothing is off our radar!
THE RANGE OF SERVICES WE OFFER
- Site inspection
- Installation of security stand and colony of happy, healthy bees (2 & 3 year options)
- Hive accessories (entrance & pillars) 3D printed in a colour of your choice
- Hive wraps – one off – signature boxes
- Monthly inspection to clean the stand and hive
- Harvest of stingless native honey in Spring – yours to share with work colleagues, students or visitors
- Educational workshops
- SMART hive technology – temperature, humidity and weight
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
- Where will we locate our hive?
- The best position for a colony of bees is where it will receive morning sun and afternoon shade. Shelter from severe storms is favourable – e.g. through protection from a building, large trees or the buffer provided by a walkway.
- Positioning the hive 10 – 20 metres away from a walkway is advised.
- Stingless native bees forage up to 500 metres.Ideally they like to gather pollen and nectar from within a 150 metre circle from their hive.
- Research indicates stingless bees thrive in urban/city locations. They will forage on a large variety of flowering plants within proximity.
- Are the public impacted by swarming behaviours?
We occasionally have bees swarm at our locations and display sites. This creates a magical swirling effect as the bees circle the hive. This natural phenomenon will draw a crowd of curious onlookers. Some people enjoy standing within the swarm. No harm – native bees don’t sting!
The three possible reasons for swarming bees are: –
- Re-queening – the drones from a multitude of neighbouring colonies hover around the entrance waiting to mate with the new queen.
- Bee War – a neighbouring colony has decided to build a ‘daughter’ hive. Instead of finding a log or tree stump they sometimes decide to ‘take over’ an existing colony. This results in casualties on both sides but the stronger colony will survive to fight another day.
- Natural phenomena – bee swarms are amazing to observe and interact with as native bees don’t sting!
- Evidence of safety
Hive Stand (security stand)
- Hive Haven has undertaken ISO & AS supplier training.The installation of a hive stand is straightforward. The stand is bolted to a flat concrete surface with 8 self- locking concrete bolts.
- The stand is heavy duty to withstand the weight of a child climbing the structure (though this is advised against in the safety interests of the child and the bees)
- We are happy to install the stand for you or to liaise with your grounds or maintenance person.
Observing bees in public spaces is gaining momentum. Bees are being used to calm high needs children and adults, seeming to be of particular interest to the elderly –
To discuss further – please call Ann at 0428 427 576 or email.