Save Local Bees™ Conservation Program

/Save Local Bees™ Conservation Program
Save Local Bees™ Conservation Program 2018-09-10T18:55:05+00:00

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!

Bees in Hong Kong

There are two common species of honey bees found in Hong Kong.

Asiatic honey bees (Apis cerana)

Italian bees (Apis mellifera ligustica)

Found a Beehive?
Relocate it to a new home

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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.

A conservation program which benefits all

Relocate the Bees to Nature

Over the past decades, a very common approach to deal with the beehives no matter were located nearby residential or commercial buildings would be “killing”. Meaning, whenever a pest control company receives a report of beehive, they’ll just kill with pesticides.

As a go green company, we’ve adopted many green practices including the use of physical devices, natural repellents and non-toxic materials to deal with pest problems.

But we think that we can do more by conserving some of the species in particular, the bees. It is because we believe “Insects are living in nature, they’re just doing their jobs. But when they move into our homes and yards, then we call them pests”.

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 shrinking fast 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

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

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

How Does the Program Work?

Johnson Group & Bee Farms

The program starts with Johnson Group getting an order from clients to remove a beehive. Instead of killing all the bees with pesticides, we and beekeepers will collect and send the bees to the bee farms.

When the beekeepers get more bees, they can then produce more honey and sell it to Johnson Group and other customers to generate more income.

Johnson Group & Supporters

Supporters like commercial clients and schools are invited to participate in our program. Depends on the levels (“Level 1” or “Level 2”) of participation for example, “Bees-to-bee Farms” or “Bees Donations” which a conventional beehive box or a Flow Hive™ will be assigned to supporters of “Level 2”.

Supporters can choose the beehive either be placed at their premises or at the bee farms. Whatever the locations are, the beekeepers will take care of the bees for them. Finally, supporters will receive the locally harvested honey from time to time with their own dedicated labels.

Regular newsletters will also be sent to supporters. Through different activities, both public and kids can learn more about the importance of bees, theirs habitats, and their role in the ecosystem.

Bees Charter

Supporters will…

  1. Will report any beehives found within their properties/premises directly to Johnson Group.
  2. Will not disturb bees and beehives.
  3. Will not kill bees unless they pose a serious threat to you or human life.
  4. Will not use any neuro-active pesticides (neonicotinoids) that harm bees.
  5. Will promote the importance of bees, theirs habitats, their role in the ecosystem to others.

Corporate Partners

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.

Level 1: Bees-to-bee Farms

Benefits

  1. Receive a Certificate of Conservation.
  2. Receive newsletters or updates regularly.
  3. Free beehive removal services at the premises#.
  4. Become one of our Green Partners and be shown at our official website.

# subject to final agreement

Level 2: Bees Donations

Benefits

  1. Receive a Certificate of Conservation.
  2. Receive newsletters or updates regularly.
  3. A dedicated beehive will be assigned*.
  4. Receive 100% locally harvested honey (both summer & winter seasons) from us*.
    A dedicated label design with supporters’ name or logo on all bottles.
  5. Free beehive removal services at the premises*.
  6. Become one of our Green Partners and be shown at our official website.

* subject to final agreement

Individual Sponsorship

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. If you would like to contribute to this conservation program, please get in touch with us anytime.

Purchase Honey and Sponsor HK$20 to support Save Local Bees™ Conservation Program

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