Nottingham Trent University’s Newton Building has become the new home to a colony of 10,000 honey bees.
A modern hive has been installed on the ‘living’ sedum roof of the Newton building, with cameras on the outside and inside of the hive streaming live footage of the bee’s actions to the NTU website.
The project is aiming to help increase the population of honey bee’s, with the insects in decline at the moment. If successful, the colony could grow to up to 60,000 bees, with the university hoping it could produce its own honey from the hive by the end of the summer. This means the University now has bee hives across all three of its campuses.
The new project joins the popular Falcon camera, which for the last few years has been following the progress of a breeding pair of peregrine falcons that have lived on Newton building for the last ten years.
Grant Anderson, the Environmental Manager at Nottingham Trent University, said: “We’re delighted to have the bees on the City site and are really keen to play a role in helping to re-establish the honey bee population and improve urban biodiversity. A number of our environment and estates staff have attended beekeeping courses to better understand how to manage the bees.
“We hope that people will enjoy the bee cam, which follows on from our hugely successful peregrine falcon cam. If viewers are lucky they might even get to see the bees’ famed ‘waggle dance’, which they perform to tell each other where the best sources of nectar and pollen can be found.”
Footage from the ‘bee cam’ can be viewed here: http://www.ntu.ac.uk/ecoweb/biodiversity/bees/index.html