The Distributed Hexa-Hive Village
a community of experimental urban beehives for Bees and Humans.
The Distributed Hexa-Hive Village invites beekeepers to become part of Melliferopolis community and to host a colony of bees in a Hexa-Hive in their local environment. The hives are placed in public or semi-public places. They are conceptually connected by becoming part of a global community.
The Distributed Hexa-Hive Village is a long term collaborative experiment to test the hive design under different conditions (climate, environment, bee-races), but also to explore the collective approach of Melliferopolis and its growing community.
The distributed HHV is an ongoing project.
In 2018, the first two Hexa-Hives were sent across Europe. One is currently in Bremen, and one is in Bristol.
Hexa-Hive in Bremen:
Dr. Dorothea Brückner is a honey bee researcher at the Honeybee Research Unit of University of Bremen, Germany. Her bees are installed at a bee-yard at the university campus and together with her team, she set up the Hexa-Hive on that site.
The hive was populated with a small swarm, after sensors had been installed in order to monitor the changes inside the box.
Hexa-Hive in Bristol:
I had a bit of a sad start to the summer, my queen died in May, luckily they made a new queen with her eggs and she seems to be building the hive up nicely although I don’t think they will swarm this year as they are still a pretty small hive. I am on the local beekeepers list for a swarm however I think many people are as in general there were many losses over the winter in Britain.