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Sun Hive in the Natural Beekeeping Trust classroom

In middle Europe, bee skeps come with faces. Further east and north, they are entire bodies of wood carved from whole tree trunks. #bees #skeps #beekeeping

Sun Hives, a new hive design gathering world-wide interest, are part of the movement towards "apicentric" beekeeping – beekeeping that prioritises honeybees firstly as pollinators, with honey production being a secondary goal. The Sun Hive is modelled on the traditional European skep hive and is aimed at creating a hive that maximises colony health. (Click through for more.)

A buddha bee skep by Birgit Joensson of Nurnberg, Germany. skeps beekeeping beehive

“We didn’t want to just tack solar panels onto the house; we wanted to integrate them with the design.”

The Sun Hive: experimental Natural Beekeeping