From Gentle Beekeeping Projects to Sleek Urban Beehives

By: Cadhla Gray - Sep 14, 2015
With the ever-diminishing number of bees worldwide, there has been an increase in urban beehives and a focus on beekeeping in cities where the insects normally suffer the most on their journeys.

Various ways of helping these ecosystem-sustaining critters have been designed. For instance, the city of Oslo, Norway created a nectar-rich bee highway that includes rooftop hives and schoolyard gardens that have planted flowers for bees to feed and rest at every 250 meters. Other innovative designs to help these pollinators thrive are more technologically advanced like the 'Hivemind' app connecting a hive scale to an urban beekeeper's smartphone. This type of innovation helps move the traditional trade of beekeeping into the modern world, using technology to its advantage.

With honey bees pollinating a third of the food we eat, these urban beehives and beekeeping projects are ever more important in our increasingly industrial world.