Young bee colony formation

Young bee colony formation at Narimpex AG high above the roofs of the city of Biel.

A sustainable project to preserve more bee colonies and reduce bee imports

The worldwide, annual loss of bee colonies - whether due to natural or human causes - is a cause for concern. All the more reason for Narimpex to work for the preservation of the bee, its habitat, biodiversity and small beekeeping in the context of specifically selected sustainability projects in Switzerland and abroad - among other things with the support of the "Regional bee young colony education" project of the VFKI (Association for the Promotion of Small Beekeeping).

Since the beginning of May 2018, young bee colonies have been formed on the roof terrace of Narimpex AG in Biel/Bienne in close cooperation with 2 small beekeepers from the city of Biel/Bienne. The idea is to hand over the bee colonies to the regional small beekeepers in autumn or spring at favourable conditions and thus cover their needs for bee colonies - e.g. after colony losses in winter or other losses suffered - by colonies from the region. In this way the future of our bees can be secured locally and the small beekeeper is not dependent on the import of so-called package bees from southern European countries. Through regional bee young colony formation, bee imports can be reduced sustainably.

Why does Narimpex support a young bee colony education project?

Young colony formation with breeding queens is the backbone of successful beekeeping. It serves to maintain the population and to continue the desired or selected characteristics of the mother queen. Quote Hans Stöckli, Allschwil

The goal of every beekeeper is to keep the number of bees unchanged over the years. This means that any losses suffered (loss of colony, replacement of queens in the third year after birth, etc.) must be compensated. For small beekeepers this means permanent, annual, time-consuming young bee colony formation or purchase of bees; the purchase of so-called package bees from abroad carries the risk of the introduction of the small hive beetle or other pests and diseases. With the regional project from Seeland, Narimpex can provide meaningful support for small beekeeping and make an important contribution to the conservation of bees from the region.