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Black Bee Sanctuary (Sussex)

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Black Bee Sanctuary (Sussex)

Black Bee Sanctuary (Sussex)

Sussex Natural Beekeeping Group West Rise Project By Sussex Natural Beekeeping Group West Rise Project

A project group based in East Sussex establishing a native British black bee (apis mellifera mellifera) sanctuary on Langney Marshes, Eastbourne.

Eastbourne Delivery stage

pledged of £316

Sorry this project was unsuccessful, we did not reach our fundraising goal.

It has been known for some time now that honeybees are in the decline. As a branch of the Sussex Natural Beekeeping Group we know that 'natural beekeeping' methods both benefit the bees and therefore also the environment.

The UK's only indigenous bee species, the 'British Black Bee' is endangered and almost extinct. Our ambition is to be able to provide healthy colonies of black bees to Sussex beekeepers.

The marshes where the sanctuary will reside are part of what was once Europe's second largest Bronze Age site and are currently leased by West Rise School. The bee sanctuary will build upon and support the school's wider heritage restoration and educational project on the site.

What we'll deliver:

  • Provide an educational resource within East Sussex for sustainable, natural beekeeping methods
  • Provide educational workshops for school children based around bees and the hive.
  • Provide a resource of healthy native black bees into Sussex gene pool.
  • Raise awareness of the relationship between bees, humans and the environment.

Why it's a great idea:

We believe that this will be a highly valuable resource for the local environment (in the providing of healthy British black bee stock). The decline of honeybees in this country and around the world has caused great concern of late and it is our belief that a 'natural beekeeping' method, or more bee-centric approach can greatly support our struggling bee population, on whom we rely heavily for the pollination of many of our crops.

The project underway already on the marshes by West Rise school is seeing great success in introducing the children to a variety of outdoor activities as well as providing a Bronze Age heritage site with their water buffalo herd. The bee sanctuary will only enrich this.

Steps to get it done:

  • Maintain the land and hives, collecting swarms for sale into the community.
  • -adapted Nationals, -Warre hives, -skeps and -hollowed logs.
  • Erect a simple structure on the site for equipment and educational resources.
  • Establish up to eight 'natural' bee hives on the site, including a variety of ;

Location Eastbourne

About the space

Langney Marshes Bronze Age Settlement site


East Sussex

How will the money be spent?Total £315

1 x colony Black bees pre-order cost - £95 (30%)
1 x colony Black bees pre-order cost - £95 (30%)
1 x colony Black bees pre-order cost - £95 (30%)
Other - £30 (10%)

Costs Breakdown

This shows how money raised for the project will be spent. These costs have been confirmed by the project's Delivery Manager and verified.

1 x colony Black bees pre-order cost
1 x colony Black bees pre-order cost
1 x colony Black bees pre-order cost
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  • Transaction Fees
  • Spacehive fees
  • VAT

Total £315

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