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Room for bees at Göteborg Landvetter

Photo of the apiary and the control tower at Göteborg Landvetter Airport
2014-05-21, kl. 11:59

There is now more buzz in the air at Göteborg Landvetter Airport. Some 35,000 bees have a new home in what is known as an apiary at the airport. “Bees have an important function to fill in biological diversity and a sustainable society. We think this is important to draw attention to,” says Maria Gelin, environmental manager at Göteborg Landvetter Airport.

The apiary, which is a bee hive that allows people to view the bee colony, has been set up close to the air traffic control tower and was built in partnership with Beepartners, an organisation that works to create meeting places and spread knowledge about the bee situation and the important role that bees have.

Bees play a crucial role in biological diversity. However, there is a global shortage of bees. As a result of changes in the landscape and agricultural intensification, bumble bees and wild bees are having a harder time surviving. There is now a shortage of land on which bees thrive. About a dozen species of wild bees have already disappeared, and a third of Sweden’s roughly 300 species of bees are on the country’s Red List of Threatened Species. When wild bees decline in number, tame bees must offset this, and bee-keeping is an important tool for maintaining biological diversity.

“We carry out sustainable work at the airport that is primarily aimed at reducing carbon dioxide emissions, taking care of our water and limiting noise. But the bee hive is another way of focusing on our need to think sustainably, on both a small and large scale,” Ms Gelin adds.

The bee hive at Göteborg Landvetter Airport could produce a harvest of about 35 kilos of honey a year.