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LET'S BRING HONEYBEES BACK INTO THE WILD

We are creating a network of guardian Beekeepers who take care of colonies. Wild bees are the only ones who have the secret against varroa mite.

Join us in protecting this invaluable natural treasure.

Resilient Bee Project is ambition and dedication.

It is a project that comes from the ideas of a group of enthusiast people and beekeepers (and much more) who have a common vision: to protect and preserve honey bees in the wild.

For several decades honey bees have survived almost only thanks to the intervention of beekeepers.

1981 marks a turning point for Italian beekeeping: varroa destructor (a parasitic mite that represents one of the greatest dangers for honey bee colonies) is identified for the first time inside a beehive, from that moment starts a rapid diffusion process that in a very short time leads to the almost total disappearance of honey bees in the wild.

In light of this new threat, beekeeping has reacted by aiming for an immediate solution of the problem without taking into account possible future negative consequences.

The environment also plays a key role in this matter: intensive agriculture, the thoughtless use of pesticides, the intense, prolonged and sometimes violent atmospheric phenomena due to climate changes are important parameters on which to base one's reasoning when thinking about bees. In fact, these circumstances contribute to a large extent to the weakening and depopulation of the colonies.

To date, after almost 40 years, the population of wild bees represents less than 30% of the total: they are the specimens that, without human intervention, managed to survive the varroa and the unfavorable environmental and climatic conditions.

This is where the idea came from: a turnaround. Stand aside, indulge in nature and become its custodians.

Search, observe, listen. Follow the flight of a bee, a buzz, a swarm and go in search of resilient colonies, those that have survived over the years despite adversities.

The aim of the project is to attract aware and interested people and create a network of sharing, communication, collaboration and action.

Resilient Bee Project can save bees, everyone can contribute.

We are already doing it... join us!

OUR STORY

Here is where you can find wild colonies and their guardians.

Our method in 10 points.

If you have our same values, become a Bee Guardian.

1. WILD BEE

Apis mellifera is a wild species who is threatened by domestication.

2. NATURAL SELECTION

Natural selection is the most important process for the development of resilient honey bees.

3. EQUILIBRIUM

Colonies which went through natural selection are the ones who developed a balance with the environment, resulting in families who are more resilient against changes in the ecosystem where they live (e.g. climate changes).

4. STRATEGY

Honey bees survival strategies are the abundance and the biodiversity of the exterior and interior environment of the hive.

5. RESPECT PRACTICES

Beekeepers must respect these strategies in order to develop resilient colonies.

6. COMPLEX SYSTEM

The complex system beehive (honey bees, varroa, microorganisms, etc.) is the focus of the development of resilient colonies.

7. PATHOGENIC CONTROL

It is important to promote the vertical transmission of useful microorganisms and pathogens (swarming) and reduce horizontal transmission (e.g. drift, raid and exchange of material between different hives).

8. SCIENTIFIC METHOD

The observation of wild colonies is at the base of the studies and beekeeping techniques developed inside the project.

9. OBSERVATION

Beekeeping practises must be built on the observation of wild colonies conveying a respectful management of the colonies towards natural cycles and the complex beehive ecosystem.

10. SUPERORGANISM

The project is based on the study of the superorganism using a scientific approach.
OUR METHOD

Protect the honey bees

Join us and become a Bee Guardian. You will have the opportunity to participate in our special events, meetings and webinars especially organised for you.

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