Welcome to The Tree Bee Society of Great Britain CiC. We are a not for profit community interest company and our core aim is to protect all of Great Britain’s honey and bumblebees, in particular Bombus Hypnorum also known as the tree bumblebee, tree bee and sometimes the bird box bee. This organisation is run by volunteers and is operated as a corporate social responsibility and environmental conservation program by our Green Apple Award winning company TRG Pest Control.
It all started in 2013, when we began to get telephone calls for Wasps Nests in bird boxes and homes. Upon closer inspection, the nests were Tree Bee (Bombus Hypnorum) nests, a European Bee which had come over from the continent naturally in 2001 and is currently thriving. Unfortunately, some species of Bee indigenous to the UK have been wiped out, either through a lack of biodiversity or through the widespread use of pesticides, on plants which the Bees feed on and on the Bees themselves to kill them.
Bee numbers worldwide are on the decline with Bee numbers down in the UK by an estimated 30% – a worrying statistic considering that a large percentage of our human food chain relies completely on Bee pollination! The Tree Bee Society of Great Britain CiC has always had a zero tolerance policy towards killing feral bees, sadly other people and companies do not.
Here at the Tree Bee Society, we have decided that all bees are special, we see no reason to harm them and have decided to protect them instead and consequently formed the Tree Bee Society of Great Britain as a community conservation program to help inform the public about our Tree Bee Adoption Program and the somewhat quirky nesting habits of this sometimes naughty but amazing species of Bee. We aim to educate members of the public on why leaving Bee species alone to thrive is so important, thus reducing the want to kill nests and eradicate them from their gardens and homes.
Bombus Hypnorum is a species of feral (wild) bumblebee that is common in Europe, it is thought that they arrived naturally in the UK in 2001 when they were discovered in Wiltshire, since then they have started to move steadily north arriving on Merseyside when they were discovered by staff from Liverpool Museum in 2010. We first came across them here in Lancashire in 2013 and were even privileged enough to have the Tree Bee take over a bird box on the wall of our office.
One of our core aims as the Tree Bee Society of Great Britain is to carry out more research on the little understood Bombus Hypnorum but what we do know so far is that they are thought to be a beneficial species, completely harmless, currently (2015) they are not known to be in conflict with any UK Bee species and are excellent pollinators. However they do have a habit of nesting in peoples bird boxes, compost heaps, walls, eaves of roofs, tumble dryer vents and we have even found them nesting in signs above shops on the high street.
This is why we call them conflict Bees and although they are completely harmless, unless provoked, when they appear to get aggressive their quirky nesting habits are sometimes bringing them into conflict with mankind where sadly some pest controllers are commissioned to spray and kill their nests.This is why we started our unique Tree Bee Adoption Program and national Bee Adoption Register.
As a Community Interest Company we are able to rescue these nests before they are killed and destroyed. Soon people who need to have nests removed because of conflict with human activities, fear of Bees or personal health reasons will be able to be matched up with a professional that can move the nest and re-home it with a willing member of the public that wants to keep them safe and help our environment. As of 2015, all the bees rescued and removed by the Tree Bee Society are placed onto a 10 acre field in Burscough, West Lancs.
We will continue to add information to this site about these amazing creatures over the coming months, but if you have any information on Tree Bees (or any Bees!) or pictures that you are happy to share with our Tree Bee Community, register on the site, upload and share them in our galley or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.