Nordic Brown Bee Project
Most of the bees you see in the skies today are yellow ones, and the Nordic brown bee is classed as Endangered. Few people keep Nordic bees these days, so it’s important to continue breeding the species if it’s to be saved. The Nordic bee is better adapted to the Swedish flora and fauna. It does a better job in wild and indigenous environments, while the yellow bee is at its best in cultivated landscapes. Nordic bees are more valuable in terms of biological diversity.
The aim of the Nordic Brown Bee Project is to save and conserve this threatened species. The Nordic brown bee originated in northern Europe and was once the most common bee. Nordens Ark participates actively in the species conservation project, which is supported by the WWF. The national project is backed by the government and the European Union.
There is a breeding station for Nordic brown bees on the Väderöarna, or Weather Islands, and Nordens Ark is actively involved in the work there. We hope to contribute even further to the efforts to preserve this species. With the help of a number of beekeepers, four breeding and several small mating colonies have been established on the Weather Islands. The islands were chosen because of their position. The archipelago is easily accessible for the beekeepers taking part in the project, yet sufficiently isolated so that colonies will not intermix with other bees. In the 1970s and 1980s, the Weather Islands functioned as a mating site for yellow bees. Yellow bees are the type we usually see flying around in Sweden. A private project involving Nordic bees was run on the Weather Islands from 2008 to 2012 and is said to have gone well.