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Hive Talking to support landless beekeepers

Our new Hive Talking website connects beekeepers with land.

In recent years there has been a surge in urban beekeeping, but many would-be beekeepers have nowhere to locate a hive. However, there are many gardeners and allotment holders who would like to have bees on their land.

Hive Talking is an easy to use website designed to connect these people, allowing them to register their location on an interactive map.

The 'Hive Talking' website

Our Plan Bee campaign highlights the plight of the British honeybee population, which experts believe has halved in England between 1985 and 2005, and has supported the growth of urban beekeeping by financing courses and establishing city hives.

So, if you're a beekeeper looking for somewhere to keep your bees, have outdoor space that you would be happy for a beekeeper to use or are a beekeeper offering expertise, advice or supplies, then 'Hive Talking' can help! Click here to visit the website and connect with other beekeepers or gardeners.

Chris Shearlock, Sustainable Development Manager at The Co-operative, said: “More and more city dwellers are taking up beekeeping but not everyone has the space to keep bees. On the other hand, many have the land but don’t want to be beekeepers. By bringing these parties together, Hive Talking could help reverse honeybee decline in the UK.”

Brian McCallum, Co-founder and Director of Urban Bees, whose idea it was to create the interactive map, said: “Some of the beekeepers I have trained have struggled to find land on which to keep their bees but as honeybees are pollinators of many wildflowers, fruits and vegetables, allotment holders and gardeners appreciate the benefit of accommodating a hive on their land.”

Click here to visit the website and connect with other beekeepers or find land.