What is Urban beekeeping

From 1999 to 2012, the number of urban beekeepers in London increased by 220%

At first glance, it might seem odd, but honey-collecting bees actually thrive much better in cities—even the bustling metropolises—than in the countryside, where intensive agriculture dominates. This surprising trend has prompted a growing number of associations worldwide to establish bee colonies in urban areas. Why? Because factors like pesticides and monoculture farming have made rural environments increasingly hostile for them. Across the globe, bee populations are plummeting, with annual declines reaching up to 30%. While the precise reasons for this decline remain hotly debated, the consensus among experts in Western Europe and North America points to intensified agricultural practices and vast monoculture expanses as primary culprits.

Scientists warn that the widespread use of pesticides, particularly neonicotinoids—a relatively new class of insecticides—exerts a devastating toll on bee populations. Exposure to these chemicals can induce shock in bees, causing them to lose their way back to their hives—a phenomenon akin to a form of insect Alzheimer’s. Adding to their plight, bees face a deadly threat from varroa mites, parasitic insects that reproduce solely within bee colonies and wreak havoc on both adult and young bees. The toll of mite-borne diseases can be severe, leading to the loss of limbs and wings and, ultimately, condemning affected bees to a premature demise.

In contrast, urban environments offer bees a veritable haven, brimming with a rich diversity of plants and flowers ideally suited to their needs. In parks, squares, and green spaces, a profusion of trees and bushes provide ample forage, while balconies, terraces, and even rooftops burst forth with a kaleidoscope of blooms. Notably, bees nesting on rooftops enjoy a significant advantage—elevated above ground level, they are less susceptible to moisture-related issues. Moreover, their flight paths remain unimpeded by human activity, ensuring both their safety and the tranquility of city dwellers.

Cities worldwide are embracing this bee-friendly ethos, with metropolises like London, Paris, and Melbourne leading the charge. In Paris, for instance, entire rooftop apiaries have sprung up, tended to by a mix of passionate enthusiasts and municipal caretakers. The profusion of flora in urban landscapes far outstrips that found in vast monoculture expanses, typically doused with chemical pesticides. Beyond honey production, bees serve as indispensable pollinators for a wide array of flowering plants, including vital food crops like fruits and vegetables. Indeed, the United Nations estimates the annual economic value of bees and other pollinators at a staggering €153 billion.

For a deeper dive into the world of urban beekeeping, its myriad benefits, and its potential to transform our cities for the better, continue reading.


Urban beekeeping n the media

Adopt a bee family

Contact us about adopting bees

Just add your information and we will contact you as soon as possible!

UAB "Miesto bitininkai"
Direktorius Paulius Chockevičius
Tel.: +370 613 31592
El. paštas: info@urbanbee.lt

Dirbame 24/7 valandas per parą. Ir visada randame sprendimą prisitaikyti laiką prie kliento poreikių.

Užsisake miesto medų atsiemimo būdu, galite aplankyti mus Radvilų dvaro g. 2a, Kaunas 48319 iš anksto sutartu laiku. Kitu atveju atsiųsime Jums bičių suneštą medų per paštomatus arba pristatysime patys.

Shopping Basket