The simple design of the log hive, utilizes timber from trees that have come to the end of their life because of wind fall or disease. We have worked with and witnessed various hives over the years and since understanding the benefits of log hives, we have placed a number of these on regeneration projects in our valley in Portugal and in surrounding areas. We are currently in the process of placing more log hives in England.
Benefits of log hives:
The shape of a hollowed-out log closely replicates a natural tree cavity. This means the bees make their comb to suit them. The walls of a log hive are much thicker than is found in most commercial bee hives, providing greater insulation so the bees expend much less energy cooling their home in summer and warming it winter.
Log hives are elevated on to long legs. By being higher up the bees are kept out of the cold damp air at ground level where conventional hives exist. Bees are then left to develop without continual human intervention, hence allowing the bees to maintain a beneficial atmosphere within their home. We are still able to check the hives to monitor disease and bee health.
When bees are given these habitats and humans work in this way, the health of bee colonies has been seen to improve dramatically, showing a significant decrease in disease. Our vision is to spread log hives and other bee-centred habitats one valley, one village, one town, one region at a time. Allowing bees to return to natural behaviour so their health can improve.
If you are interested in having a log hive on your land, garden, allotment, or for a community group or rewilding project, contact Deborah on