A Key to Sustainability
Honey bees are disappearing in Hong Kong at an alarming rate due to pesticides, parasites, disease and habitat loss. Eventually, we may lose all local bee species if we do not act to save them. We agree that beekeeping industry need to have continued access to some public lands (such as country parks) if beekeeping is to be sustainable.
Importance of Bees
Without bees, our world would be a very different place because…
Bees play a vital role in our ecosystem
Bees and other insects (pollinators) are responsible for pollinating almost three-quarters of all crops
Bees also have played their part pollinating the food for the animals that we then consume
It is in the community interest to provide protection to bees and beekeeping industry if crop pollination (or food production) is to be sustainable
Bees Are Not The Same As Wasps. Bees Pose No Harm to Us Unless We Disturb Them!
A Conservation Program
“Save Local Bees” was created on April 2018 by Johnson Group. Our program not only aims at saving the bees and their population, but also the fast-shrinking beekeeping industry in Hong Kong.
It is in the community interest to provide bees with that protection, as a balanced ecosystem will benefit all living organisms, in particular, humans.
To achieve the goals that both bees and beekeeping can be sustainable, we…
Educate public especially kids about the importance of bees in the ecosystem
Ban the use of outdoor neuro-active pesticides (neonicotinoids) that harm bees
Relocate beehives to bee farms instead of killing them
Promote local honey to reduce carbon emissions (reduce carbon footprint)
A story to tell
Littles Bees in the Forbidden Place
Recently a client reported to us that a group of small bees were found at an ancestors’ resting place, started building their hive. Unfortunately, the location where the bees live is very near to a big drainage channel, they could be in danger when the rain flushes in during spring and summer.
We were there together with a local beekeeper to save the bees and the entire process was a success. Yet the beekeeper said that these little bees are actually quite week and small, so even after they were brought home, he still has to feed them with honey and pollen for about a year before the bees can go out and collect nectar on their own.
A honeybee swarm was found on the rooftop early October in Yuen Long. At first, the homeowner approached the authority for help but then he was upset by their answers, “We can kill the bees only, no other option” the authority said.
As the homeowner wanted to save the bees, he finally made a call to us for help. When we got there, we looked for the queen first. After putting it into the bag, other bees flew into the “bee bag” too.
We are very glad to keep the bees away from wasps and birds. In just a month, we are told by the beekeeper that a new beehive is built and the colony is getting stronger.
A Great Migration
A beehive was reported on the rooftop of an industrial building.
We knew clearly that other pest control companies would just spray toxic pesticides and kill all the bees.
Finally, we spent three hours under a bright and hot sunlight just to lead 40,000 of them into a bee bag.
They are now living in a new home and well care by a local beekeeper.
Late May 2018
Save the Orphans
A beehive underneath a drain was reported.
When we got there, we found the queen has already been taken probably by a bee hobbyist.
Instead of leaving those “orphans” behind, we still brought them back to the bee farm and assigned a new queen for them. We knew if we left them unattended, they would eventually die in one month.
Late April 2018
- Will report any beehives found within their properties/premises directly to Johnson Group.
- Will not disturb bees and beehives.
- Will not kill bees unless they pose a serious threat to you or human life.
- Will not use any neuro-active pesticides (neonicotinoids) that harm bees.
- Will promote the importance of bees, theirs habitats, their role in the ecosystem to others.
Protecting our local bees and beekeepers. Help nature!
For more than a decade, Johnson Group has been working very hard to ensure that insects or wildlife and their habitats are conserved while preparing any pest management or cleaning programs. At Johnson Group, we’re very pleased to work with any organizations that want to take responsibility to care and protect nature, in particular, bees. If you would like to contribute to this conservation program, please get in touch with us anytime.
Your Support Will Make a Difference for Local Bees!
With your sponsorship, you will be helping us to relocate one beehive for free. With your support, we rid bees from killing by other pest control companies or poisoning by toxic pesticides – all with an aim to give bees a new home. Part of the proceeds of the sales will be donated to support Save Local Bees conservation program.
Purchase Honey to support Save Local Bees™ Conservation Program