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The bee tower in the UK ‘Natural Bee Husbandry’ Magazine

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All our BeeTower models gave a round nest cavity with a capacity of about 32 litres the principle of species-appropriate beekeeping. According to the findings of bee researcher Tom Seeley, 32 litres are sufficient for a bee colony to live in, as in a tree hollow, without further manipulation.

This bee dwelling was built from wooden slats, wooden rings with a diameter of 20 craned 5cm insulation made of reeds and plaster. A closed floor made of solid pieces of wood and a round flight hole allow the bees better air circulation and optimise the nestduftwarmebindung top. Under the roof is another box with solid pieces of wood that insulates from above against temperature and moisture effects.

Honey harvesting is possible but not the aim of the Bee Tower concept, but can be carried out for own use with suitable low attachments so as not to extract too much honey from the bees.

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3. Box for placing beneath the roof with solid pieces of wood for insulation – controlling both temperature and humidity.

If the targeted volume of 32 litres and the internal dimensions of a Warré hive plan of 30 cm x 30 came adhered to, the total height of the hollow nest results from the diameter of the wooden rings used.

In this “Long Lulatsch”, bamboo rings from an online shop with a diameter of 20 cm were used, resulting in a 105 cm high box with an inner chimney as a nest cavity. This corresponds to 5 Warré boxes connected on top of each other.

The 105 cm box weighs approximately 30 kg with the inner reed insulation . . . the lower flight hole floor (Ecofloor) is made of solid wood and has a height of 30 cm and weighs 22 kg.The upper box (climate box), in which the bees are to hang their combs, also contains a solid wooden block and weighs 14 kg and a height of 15 cm. Individually, everything can still be transported by hand. With all the other elements, the total height is about 160 cm (without the roof).

Another Warré tower, which we populated with bees in 2021, is located in the same meadow about 300 m away. Since all our Warré towers can be converted, extended and opened from above without much effort, it is easy to lodge swarms in there’d control them if necessary.

Tree cavity simulations such as the Bee Tower do not necessarily have to hang from trees at a height of about 5 m for bees to feel at home in them. A pine tree and neighbouring bushes that protect the Warré Bee Tower from wind and wether are sufficient, in my opinion, for bees to feel at home there.

 

In the French magazine “Abeilles en liberté”, the fifth of the collection, a whole article is dedicated to Jan-Michael’s latest project, the bee tower. Developed in close cooperation with David Junker, a natural beekeeper in Germany, this project consists in recreating a habitat adapted to the bee in nature. There are less and less hollow trees or cavities where bees can naturally settle, and one of the answers to this housing crisis is the installation and placement of biodiversity hives. Bees need healthy and varied food, of course, but they also need a place to live. Made of reed, an ecological material par excellence, light and very insulating, this “bee tower” allows by its round shape and its adapted volume a very good reception of wild honey bees. Small variant, Jan uses as a base of construction elements Warré, which allows to reuse its material, protects the reeds, and facilitates a small collection of honey.

Thanks Funny for your nice article, and thanks Bernard for your review!

Another example from Natural Husbandry magazine about my first “Bee Tower”