"The Varroa mite has brought about the demise of most of the feral(wild) colonies in the countryside and in many areas the only bees present are those sustained by the local beekeeper." -
Phil McAnespie, BeeCraft, March 2012
Fun Bee Facts!
Larger than the worker bees, the male honey bees (also called drones), have no stinger and do no work at all.
"Unique among all God's creatures, only the honeybee improves the environment and preys not on any other species." ~ Royden Brown
Educational Services for Schools and Colleges
Help Make A Difference

Hire A Hive is now actively working with schools to enable them to have their own beehive which is totally managed by ourselves,  or to take advantage of our


Our new educational service allows schools to introduce bee-keeping as part of the curriculum and involve the children in understanding more about the environment from a truly practical point of view.

In our experience children have found our demonstrations engaging and exciting thanks to our safe Observation Hive where the children can really see the bees in action!!

Our friendly site mascot 'Bertie Bee' is also available for use in the classroom if you wish to help portray the bee as friendly, not frightening.

In addition, the British Bee-keepers Association offers a special Schools Pack for KS1 and KS2 Curriculum called Bees in The Curriculum which provides invaluable teaching resources. SEE HERE FOR MORE DETAILS

To register your interest in our Educational Visits please send your details via our Contact Page


As you are no doubt aware, there is constant publicity about the plight of the honeybee and the only way to safeguard it's survival is through managed beehives.

Many schools now see bee-keeping as a response to this crisis as well as offering a unique educational experience for their pupils. However, many have found that it is difficult to achieve due to more complex issues surrounding bee-keeping. With Hire A Hive those issues are resolved as we provide a fully managed service.

We do however, recognise that Health and Safety is of key importance and have already prepared a complete Risk Assessment for the installation of one of our hives. It is important to note that because we manage the hive for you, the risk is far greater to ourselves than it is for pupils, staff and visitors to the school. To view guidance from CLEAPSS please CLICK HERE

We believe that having a hive in your school will not only make you feel that you are making a real contribution to saving the bee for future generations, but that your pupils will benefit from being taught how important the humble honey bee actually is and how it needs their protection. We are more than happy to visit your school to discuss this unique opportunity in more depth and of course answer any concerns that you may have.
  Call us today on 01744 23300

Please email us at hello@hire-a-hive.co.uk
Bertie Bee