Many countries in Europe are facing a worrying lack of bees for pollination of crops, a problem mainly caused by a change in EU policy favorable to biofuels, warn scientists in a study released in January 2014.
Europe has only 2/3 of the bees (with a deficit of more than 13.4 million colonies) that it needs and without rapid and direct intervention, its extinction can occur very quickly.
So we’ve come to ask for your help with the “sponsor a beehive” project. This idea consists of each of us being able to invest (for you or your children) in one or more hives, which will be kept by our registered producer Bruno Machado (297857), who will take care of it during the year. Annual work includes apiculture management in organic production mode to prevent or treat diseases, change of wax when necessary, ridge (or drawing of honey when in sufficient quantity), swarf splitting and a variety of activities necessary for the proper functioning of a beehive.
In return you will always have 1/3 of the honey production, beehives with your name and GPS location, photographs of everything that is done in the beehive and its evolution. It is necessary to take into account that being an animal, it may not always produce honey or swarms, depending on the seasonal conditions (more rain less rain etc).
Help the bees and preserve their future, because without them there is no pollination so there are no fruits or vegetables for you.
Being the highest mountainous chain south of the Tejo River, the Serra de São Mamede has an elevation with 1025 meters of altitude that rises in a quartzitíca crest, being located in the Upper Alentejo, in the District of Portalegre where the Natural Park of the Serra de São Mamede.
Its location and characteristics promote the creation of a barrier that promotes condensation, increasing levels of precipitation and humidity and together with the Serra de Arraiolos, it becomes the only Alentejo zone where it can snow.
Due to the same edaphoclimatic conditions, its fauna and flora presents a unique richness. The Natural Park was created to ensure the conservation of this unique environment.
This special pollution free environment provides the ideal conditions for the growth and development of the 800 floral species that are found here.
Thus, the honey produced in this region has characteristics that are revealed in its aroma and taste, making it a unique and exceptional product.
Alert from the University of Reading, UK, at the link below
See the video Silence of the Bees
Investment (box + beehive) – 180€ plus Tax
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2500-192 Caldas da Rainha
+351 938 068 166
Frequently asked questions interested in sponsoring a beehive:
What guarantees do we have that the project has continuity (personal reasons, phenomena of nature, vandalism ...)?
Projects of this nature are subject to the same constraints of any other that fits into agricultural and agri-food activities.
The objectives of this project fall within the text of Ministerial Order no. 230/2014 of the Ministry of Agriculture and the Sea, B and C of article 2.
B) Promote the expansion and renewal of the agroindustrial production structure, promoting value creation, innovation, food quality and safety, production of tradable goods and the internationalization of the sector;
C) Preserve and improve the environment, ensuring compatibility of investments with environmental standards and health and safety at work.
Therefore, it is in the interest of the project and its investors that it has a sustainable continuity over time, and that continuity will always be a determining factor in the decisions to be taken in relation to it.
If, for personal reasons, the person in charge of the project is not able to carry on his activity, a new professional will be contracted, which will give continuity to it.
The phenomena of nature being an integral part of the natural cycles of agricultural activity are factors with which we have to work but are impossible to control. As a rule, we will always have years of good honey production or swarm production.
Nevertheless, it is necessary to take into account the phyto-sanitary conditions, as if it were any other animal of the agri-livestock activity.
The project is located in an area where, to date, no acts of vandalism have been detected and places that are well-kept or difficult to reach “strangers” will always be chosen.
By investing in the hive, do I have guarantees that if my hive is unsuccessful, are steps being taken to recover or replace it?
In the case of the collapse of the hive will be assigned new swarm to each box where this happens. It should be noted that naturally, in every winters there are always swarms that die, not counting any diseases that may occur. For this reason part of the investment and the profit that can be obtained will always be to invest in the good phytosanitary condition of the hive
In Portugal, the winter bees mortality rate is 14.8%, ranging from 3.5% in Lithuania to 33.6% in Belgium, according to a study published in Brussels. So we have another variable with which we will have to work and consider, when we propose to a project of this nature.
However, if the swarm develops well, in the fall we will proceed to the unfolding of the swarm, thus creating two swarms. The owner of the hive will thus have (and in the purchase of a new box) two hives. Either the swarm does not unfold but before, if it puts new half-handle, increasing the total production of the hive.
We have insurance
If we want to protect 100% hives from vandalism and robberies, we will have to have walls, alarms, surveillance cameras and security guards. In this case the cost of sponsorship would be 10X more, and that is not the purpose of the project.
Although the economic factor is always a preponderant fact, the basis of this refers to the maintenance of biodiversity both in terms of fauna and the general agricultural productivity (pollination) of vegetable gardens, orchards and the like.
What is the success rate they have when trying to implant the hives? Once implanted, what is the average life time of the same in the region in question?
A taxa de sucesso costuma ser elevada (80% a 100%). Mas é preciso considerar todas as doênças a que a abelha está sujeita e mesmo situações naturais que podem levar ao colapso da colmeia.
Nos últimos seis ou sete anos a perda invernal de efectivos anda abaixo dos 20%.
Mas, pode-se dar o caso de não morrer nenhuma. Tudo depende das causas naturais e dos tratamentos e cuidados efectuados.
On average how much in how long does the hive produce honey? And what is the rate of failure to produce honey?
A well-kept and well-kept hive produces honey every year, and the crest (honey collection) is held once a year (late July, early August).
The years in which there is no honey production are rare. What can happen is that there is low production.
– Climatic conditions
– Climate change with hotter and drier summer months.
– More and larger forest fires during the summer.
– Greater flowering areas destroyed by drought and fires in late summer.
In years of low production, there is usually swarm production, so one way or another one can make a profit.
Costs associated with final production, bottles, packaging, among others?
All costs are included. That’s why each sponsor receives 1/3 of the production. The rest is to keep the project running
How is honey delivered?
Delivery can be made on-site, can be delivered by one of the team members (within the Portuguese territory), or by carrier.
If you want to sponsor more than a hive the price is always for a beehive or do they have some kind of discount thought out?
For every 4 hives we offer a Box + Swarm
From what I saw on the site I can pay for paypal, am I right?
Okay, you should send an email first to firstname.lastname@example.org that you will make this transfer so that we can give you a number of your box (s) to stay in the PayPal transfer reference, as well as your data.
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