The Apiary at Chelsea Physic Garden is owned and managed by beekeeper Peter James and is a member of the World Hive Network©. The data and insights gained from monitoring Peter James’ apiary will be freely shared with research and conservation projects working to protect bees around the world. By sharing resources and fostering collaboration, The World Hive Network aims to multiply its impact and enable greater action to save bees.
In 2016 people heard for the first time that a number of trends — urbanisation, monoculture, destruction of flowering habitats, disease, predators, and pesticide use had reduced bee populations to alarming levels, threatening biodiversity and global food security, and contributing to the climate crisis. But by how much? Nobody knew and nobody knows even now but the World Hive Network is gathering the evidence to answer that question.
The World Bee Project brings AI, novel IT and cloud-based technology to have a real-time view of global bee population for the first time. This can help researchers with the information they need to work with governments and other stakeholders to help reduce the decline in honey bee and wild bee populations.