Bees are essential for our ecosystem. They pollinate the majority of all wild plants and crops and thereby ensure not just biodiversity, but also our food security. But what living conditions do these extremely sensitive creatures require? Which factors benefit them, and which prevent them from thriving? Beekeeping requires the respectful treatment of the animals, just like any other kind of farming. But what does species-appropriate apiculture look like?
At Verein de Immen e. V. (Low German for “the bees”), this question is at the focus of the association’s actions. The beekeepers that have formed the association see the bees as an entity and not as the sum of individual animals. “Bees are creatures with astounding self-regulating abilities. And the other thing that makes them stand out is a highly developed form of community building – together, they achieve more than the sum of their members. And they act for the common good. That is certainly something where bees are way ahead of us humans.”
Part of the association’s work is concerned with research questions: which environmental conditions have which effect on the bees? How can the best possible interactions be generated through plants, animals and biodiversity? The species-appropriate actions comprise supporting the needs and habits of the bees – such as building swarms, natural honeycomb construction and drone development. But the work of the association that is just as important is spreading the knowledge they have gained far and wide – in a comprehensive library with tips and tricks, but above all at numerous events and in seminars.