As with solar panels, the Thermosolar hives need to be positioned facing East-South-East.
The Beekeepers will need access to the Thermosolar hives to make regular inspections from March through to September. Any site security arrangements will need to allow for this kind of access. (Example: The site may be gated and access achieved via a combination number padlock on the gate).
Are there are any grazing livestock on the site? This is not prohibitive as most cattle know what bees are, and leave them well alone. However if they are sharing the same field it will be necessary to erect a small stock fence around the hives.
Is there a natural water source nearby? (Pond, a stream, or a drinking trough). Bees need water, and having something nearby is beneficial. This is not prohibitive however, as Thermosolar beehives have feeder jars that can be used to provide water. They just require topping up from time to time.
What is the general availability of flowering plants and trees in the local area? Bees will travel up to four miles to find food, but if there is a good source of nectar and pollen locally it would be more beneficial to the bees. Knowing the general make-up of the local flowering plants will also give a good indication of the type and quality of honey crop that could be expected.
- Examples of grassland plants to look out for: Flowering meadow grassland plants such as Clover, Vetch and Trefoil are important for the bees, and provide a sustainable nectar source throughout the season.
Examples of trees to look out for:
Willow trees are an important source of pollen in the early spring. They are generally the first to flower, and the bees love them.
Fruit tree blossom provides an abundant source of nectar throughout the early spring period, and produce a lovely light floral honey.
Hedgerow plants such as bramble and hawthorn are good providers through the summer months.
Ivy is an important nectar source during the late Autumn from September to October.
- Conditions of entry
- The sites need to be owned by a community group located in the UK.
- Any sites considered eligible to be visited and inspected by Tom Worsley of UK Thermosolar
- The Thermosolar beehives are to be set up and ready for the 2019 beekeeping season
- The recipient must source a local beekeeper, who will be responsible for managing the hive, and enter into a basic agreement that covers issues such as frequency of visits, site security, access and notice periods.
- The recipient must commit to ensuring the beekeeper receives the appropriate introductory training from Tom Worsley of UK Thermosolar, to ensure the successful establishment of the bee colonies.
- In the event the beekeeper can no longer manage the hive, the recipient will work with Tom Worsley to locate a replacement within a time period that does not compromise the hive.
- In the event that no beekeeper can be found the UK Thermosolar are to be returned to Naturesave Insurance.
- The recipient agrees to participate in publicity activities relating to the project and promote the story via newsletters, social media platforms and web.
Please note that any beekeeper working with the hives will need to carry £2m public liability insurance.
- Data Protection
The information you have provided in this form will be held securely only for the duration of this competition. We will share the data with one other party, UK Thermosolar, who are our expert advisers on selecting the most suitable sites for the beehives. We will not share your information with any other party.
Under the Data Protection Act, data subjects have the right to see, and correct, personal information about them that we hold. Please write to our data protection officer at our usual office address if you wish to exercise your rights or have a complaint about our use of your data.
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