Page last updated at 19:14 GMT, Friday, 22 May 2009 20:14 UK

Bees use bridges in daily commute

Black british bees
The colony is so productive there are plans to increase bee numbers

A colony of bees brought in to produce honey for a city centre department store are using bridges to fly from the shop to find pollen crops.

Hives of black British bees have been set up on the roof of Fenwick's in Newcastle.

The bees collect nectar from flowers up to three miles away in all directions, including over the river in Gateshead.

Beekeeper Ian Wallace said that as bees do not like to fly across water, they would be flying across the bridges.

The honey is processed in the store for sale in its delicatessen, and the 50,000-strong colony has proved to be so productive there are plans to increase it to 250,000 bees.

Mr Wallace said: "Bees don't like crossing bodies of water, it throws their navigation.

"However Newcastle has lots of bridges, so the bees would fly from the roof, cross the bridge, collect honey and nectar and come back again across the bridge.

"So they are commuting, several times a day."



Print Sponsor


SEE ALSO
'Bee' quiet plea for exam pupils
05 Jun 08 |  Tyne
Campaign to save endangered bees
20 May 04 |  England

RELATED INTERNET LINKS
The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites


FEATURES, VIEWS, ANALYSIS
Has China's housing bubble burst?
How the world's oldest clove tree defied an empire
Why Royal Ballet principal Sergei Polunin quit

BBC navigation

BBC © 2013 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.

Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific