Photo of the week: Bees at Brussels Airport

Summary

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s bees

Bees and biodiversity

Brussels Airport today has three beehives that together house 150,000 honeybees – three queens, 15,000 male bees and 150,000 work bees.

Seven members of the airport’s personnel completed a beekeeper training to be able to operate the beehives. The first two beehives were placed at the airport in 2014, the third one in 2017.

The initiative is part of Brussels Airport’s sustainability initiatives. The honey from the beehives is sold to airport staff, which raised €455 in 2018. Those proceeds were donated to a local nature organisation that supports wild bee populations.

Like in many other regions, bee populations in Flanders have been declining for years. Bees are crucial to maintaining biodiversity and many plants depend on pollination by bees for their survival.

Photo: Belga / Nicolas Maeterlinck