Plastic hives for urban bees
Natural England, a state-backed conservancy agency, introduced a plastic beehive in London today, designed to encourage city-dwellers to keep bees in their gardens or on rooftops. The plastic hive, called the Beehaus, certainly looks cool. Perhaps the photogenic nature of the story -- the colorful hive, the active bees -- explains why it is getting so much attention in the U.K. media today, including the BBC video posted below. I have a friend who has been beekeeping for a couple of years, and he seems to enjoy it. Based on his comments, I know that beekeeping takes training. It's not as simple as buying this plastic box and setting it up in your backyard. But if this attract more fans to the hobby, that's good. I never would have thought of making a plastic hive. Just when you think that all the material replacement opportunities for plastics have been done, up pops another one.
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