Bees in the park

The park is proud to house five bee hives that are carefully looked after by Bermondsey Street Bees. These are honey bees ‘Apis Mellifera’ and they are vitally important for pollinating the plant species’ on the park and surrounding area.  Bees are known to forage up to 2 miles from their hive.

Below is a video with our beekeeper Dale Gibson and Michel Roux Jnr.

A colony of honey bees is a superorganism! All the bees have to work together for the colony to survive, no one bee can survive by itself.

The colony has one Queen (who lays all the eggs), and approximately 3,000 drones (males) and 50-60,000 female worker bees at the peak of summer. Remaining drones are killed in the autumn and the colony has about 5-7,000 workers to keep it ‘ticking over’ through the winter.

Honey bees collect pollen, nectar and water to feed themselves and their larvae. By doing so they pollinate fruit, flowers, vegetables and crops which puts the food on our plate.

The extra honey they make is what we have on our toast in the morning!

As well as the honey bees there are also species of bumble bees on the park. The three most common species are the tree bumblebee ‘Bombus hypnorum’, buff-tailed bumblebee ‘Bombus terrestris’ and the common carder bee ‘Bombus pascuorum’. The bumble bees visit a large number of flower species on the park and are regularly seen on the large daisy ‘Echinacea’ plants.