Veterinarians are specialists for animal welfare, but may lack experience with honey bees or other managed pollinators. BeeSafe guides you through honey bee biology, good management practices and different measures to keep colonies healthy.
Pests and diseases affect colony health, but there are also other factors influencing their welfare. Honey bee colonies are superorganisms: single bees don’t display the full range of behaviour, it’s the whole colony that acts as an individual. This complex organisation causes a high resilience against disturbances.
For this reason, management practices have neglected honey bee welfare for a long time. However, this aspect is currently gaining importance, as many factors affect colony health. Emerging pests and parasites, insufficient nutrition and pesticide exposure are some examples. As these issues have an increasing economic impact (pollination crisis, food safety), honey bee welfare is gaining importance.
BeeSafe gives expertise on honey bee welfare addressing specific issues and helping to find practical measures to improve bee health.