Our hive visits are usually restricted to society members only, but what better time than LSESU Green Week to have a Beehive Open Day? In fact, we had not one but two open days – one for students and one for staff. The staff open day was particularly popular: the 30 available spaces got booked out within hours of being announced on the staff newsletter.
It was too cold to open the active hives, but we opened an empty hive to see the internal architecture and took a sneak-peek into a working colony through the perspex window of the observation hive. Best of all, some of the first-time visitors liked it enough that they joined our society, so we will be seeing a lot more of them in the near future!
The hive visits were followed by a fascinating “Beekeeping 101” talk by Luke Dixon, a professional beekeeper who helps us look after our rooftop hives.