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Outdoor enclosures help protect bees with housing for hive-monitoring device

07 October 2022

Endangered in Britain, the preservation of bees is vital. Balancing the right temperature and humidity within the hive is crucial, so monitoring these conditions is important in understanding how to protect our bees. One engineer with a passion for beekeeping has turned his attention to creating an electronic sensor that is durable enough to survive through winter in northern Scotland. He turned to Spelsberg to provide the casings that will ensure long-term, reliable monitoring.

Pollinating trees, plants and crops which are essential to the preservation of our environment and food supply, bees are vital to global ecology. Since the 1970s, the UK’s bee population has been declining, and to address the potential for environmental catastrophe, initiatives such as the Department for Food, Environment and Rural Affairs’ (DEFRA) Healthy Bees Plan 2030 have been launched.
Measures to reverse the bee decline have also received commercial and agricultural support, and the areas cultivated with insect-pollinated crops have increased by over a third since 1989. As well as their care for the insects in their own right, beekeepers have a vested interest in the health of hives for the production of honey, especially if scaled to a commercial level.

Ensuring the increase of the bee population requires optimum conditions within the hive, including temperature and humidity.

Read the full article in DPA's October issue

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