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Free-Living Bees

There is something magical about wild living honey bees.  We have known since time immemorial that honey bees are forest dwellers. But the knowledge of  this deeply entwined and beautiful connection with trees and other forest spirits has almost been lost. We have come to view the honey bee as an agricultural animal that exists for our use. Fortunately a change of consciousness is emerging.

The Bee’s true nature, its way of living, its innate preferences and behaviours deserve our attention.  As you will see from the contributions here, there is a growing awareness that this regal creature’s real way of living has a lot to teach us. We stand in need of such learning.

Clearly, honey bees have been running out of appropriate nest sites for a long time now. So much so that many people have no idea that they even exist outside beekeepers' hives. The huge loss of forests worldwide as well as changes in climate patterns have brought it about that bees have extended their nests to many other places.

The information presented here is intended to celebrate wild, free living honey bees in all their habitats, and to introduce - for everyone's appreciation and inspiration - some of the people supporting honeybees across the world.

When we look at bees in their purest form, we find that our perceptions of who they are change fundamentally.  We may even find that we, too, are changed. With this website we seek to showcase and encourage practices that restore and support the honey bee and its natural habitat and recognize the honey bee as an independent wild species.

Tell us about your

free-living bees


The site is the Tidbinbilla Satellite Tracking Station near Canberra Australia

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UK, Guildford

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Woodland near Wigfach, South Wales, UK 😊

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Uk, Woking

Honeybees are life-changers. They inspire us infinitely. For some of us they appear out of the blue, and the first you know of them is that you notice bees flying in and out from the eaves of your house or the village church or some other place. Others have wished for them and they came.

Tell us about them. We'd like to hear about  bees that have chosen their nest site and are "unmanaged" in all respects

Around the world there are projects looking to restore the habitat and health of bees.

This diverse selection of projects show the many different ways we can support the honey bee from an individual hive in a tree to ambitious deployments of species appropriate nesting sites across 100's of kilometers.

Contact us if you would like to share your project.

Boughton Estate Honey Bee Conservation Project


Boughton Estate Honey Bee Conservation Project

Honey Bee Watch


Honey Bee Watch

Wild Apian Networks


Wild Apian Networks

Beekeeping rEvolution


Beekeeping rEvolution

Featured Projects

Featured Nests

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