The Nautiqus beehives
Bees play a key role in the ecosystem and are essential for sustainable food production. Unfortunately, their situation is getting worse all over the world. This is mainly influenced by climate change, pesticides and habitat loss. Environmentalists and conservation organisations are increasingly calling for action to save the bees. It is estimated that up to 70 per cent of the world’s agriculture depends on bees. When there are no bees, there will be no pollination – there will be a shortage of plants, then animals…. If bees disappear from the face of the Earth, humans will only have four years left to live. Fortunately, public awareness of this issue is growing. Each of us can adopt a bee today or support one of the foundations working to save bees.
Poland has nearly 10% of all the hives in the European Union. The number of beekeepers and the number of bee colonies is steadily increasing. In 2021, according to the Institute of Horticulture in Puławy, there will be more than 2 million bee colonies in our country, compared to 1.3 million in 2012. These statistics are also influenced by the approach of companies, which are paying more and more attention to the role of bees in the ecosystem in their CSR activities each year.
Nautiqus has a long-standing policy of socially responsible business and places a strong emphasis on environmental activities.
Nautiqus has partnered with Sadecki Bartnik Apiary and adopted 2 beehives, which are home to nearly 50,000 bees. The hives are located on the territory of the Apiary Farm, right next to the API-houses used for apitherapy, or treatment with bee products. The insects will be cared for by experienced beekeepers.
The cooperation of Nautiqus with the Apiary Farm , “Sadecki Bartnik” lasts almost 10 years. So far, this has included honey exports to the UK. We hope that the one related to bees will last just as long.
The following are “bee trivia”:
- Bees are a species of insect that was domesticated back in ancient times.
- In flight, a bee can reach speeds of 40 km/h and make about 200 wing beats per second.
- A bee produces only 1/12th of a teaspoon of honey during its lifetime.
- The bee has a “time clock” that tells it at what time a particular plant nectars.
- Bees communicate with each other by means of a dance.
- Bees cannot see the color red.
- A worker bee can carry a weight three times its own.
And most importantly – about 30% of the food around the world consumed by humans comes from plants pollinated by bees!
How CAN YOU help bees?
- don’t burn grass,
- establish flower meadows,
- build a hotel for pollinating insects on your balcony, terrace or garden,
- limit chemical fertilizers,
- prepare a drinker for bees on your windowsill, balcony, terrace or garden,
- schedule work in the garden for times when the insects are inactive,
- reduce the area of lawn mowing.