There are five urban bee colonies on the rooftops of Connaught House and Passfield Hall which help LSE enhance biodiversity on the School estate. Bees are the world's most important pollinator of food crops and play a key role in sustaining life of earth.
The hives were financed by the LSE Sustainable Projects Fund and are cared for the LSESU Beekeeping Society, bee expert Dr Luke Dixon and other volunteers. The LSESU Beekeeping Society is open for all staff and students who are interested in learning about urban beekeeping and discovering the world of bees. The Society organises talks, trips, film screenings and an annual LSE honey tasting!
Passfield Hall bees
LSE was one of the first universities in the country that installed bee hives at a halls of residence. The hives on Passfield Hall raise awareness about the plight of the bee amongst staff, students and vacation guests.
Connaught House bees
There are now three hives on the rooftop of Connaught House, taking advantage of the brown roof and other local parks and gardens which are a source of food for the bees. The typical foraging distance for European honey bees is believed to be around 3 km which means that our bees can collect nectar from as far afield as St James’s Park, Green Park, Regent’s Park and even Hyde Park.
The LSE beehives are registered with the National Bee Unit's 'BeeBase', which helps track the national distribution of beehives and the spread of pests, as well as providing beekeepers with a wide range of free information to help keep their honey bees healthy.
Check out the LSE Bees blog for more about our hives, or follow @LSEBees on twitter.