Bees are a central part of our ecosystem and the main pollinators for all flowering plants.
In the last decade, beekeepers, have reported annual hive losses of 30% or higher, substantially more than is considered normal or sustainable. Colony collapse disorder has decimated the bee population in North America with some beekeepers reporting losses of up to 90%.
Perhaps a bit surprising is that bee’s that are kept in an urban environment tend to do especially well, more urban bees survive the winter and they are rarely affected by disease. The goal of my thesis was therefore to explore how urban beekeeping could become more accessible.
The result is a service connecting beekeepers with urban businesses that want to host bees on their rooftops. A monitoring system that greatly reduces the frequency of inspections required by the beekeeper. And a hive that is optimised for maintaining a healthy colony.