Liquid gold: Perth Mint saves beehive

Apiarist Carl Maxwell removes the bees from a chimney at The Perth Mint.
Apiarist Carl Maxwell removes the bees from a chimney at The Perth Mint.

A beehive which had been in one of The Perth Mint’s heritage building chimneys for more than 10 years was today rehomed in an effort to save the bees.

The 2m-deep hive will be transported to the Perth Hills where the bees will pollinate native orchids, a species of plant that cannot cross pollinate alone.

Bee populations the world over have fallen by one third since 2013 due to increasing temperatures, loss of biodiversity because of habitat destruction and the widespread use of insecticides.

After becoming aware of the hive, Perth Mint project manager Kenny Chan decided to have the bees rehomed rather than exterminate them.

 

“It is extremely important that we as an enterprise continually find ways to mitigate our environmental impact,” Mr Chan said. “Saving these bees is one way we can put our sustainability plans into action.”

Applecross resident and apiarist Carl Maxwell is passionate about the significant role the insects play in the environment.

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“Bees are vital to agricultural survival and therefore to our survival,” the bee removal specialist said. “They have a perfectly functioning micro-society that keeps balance on this earth. Without bees, we would have no crops and minimal food.”

If you aren’t a beekeeper, there are still many ways we can all help save the bees, from adding native plants to your garden to buying real, locally produced honey – or liquid gold.

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