THE BEE GLOBE (BIENENKUGEL®) ADVENTURE

A GUIDEBOOK FOR “SPHERICAL” BEEKEEPING

“The vast majority of today’s hive types have been developed for the requirements of beekeeping and not for the requirements of the bees themselves. The hives are practical, angular, stackable, easy to transport, made out of polystyrene and light. A bee globe is the exact opposite. It is large and heavy, very difficult to transport, made out of wood and only has one brood chamber. You would think that all of these aspects would make it almost impossible to use for beekeeping. On the contrary, it actually works superbly.” This is the conclusion that the experienced (Langstroth) beekeeper, Undine Westphal, comes to in her fourth book about beekeeping. She has already made a name for herself through her lectures in Germany and abroad, as well as through her textbooks. Undine became curious and together with pupils from her school apiary tried out this new way of beekeeping as part of a research project. The bee globe – first developed by Andreas Heidinger just a few years ago – is still not very well known among beekeepers but has recently enjoyed ever increasing popularity. The ability to recreate the bees’ natural habitat through the bee globe, to develop effective ways to control Varroa and to simultaneously be compatible with Langstroth beekeeping are just three of the many reasons that made Undine Westphal interested in Andreas Heidinger’s concept of the “Bienenkugel®”. With this useful and very precise guide to working with this unusual hive, Undine is able to pass on her positive experiences and will inspire you to discover beekeeping in a new way. Above all, we can again learn to “listen” to the bees more closely and to treat them in a more respectful way. 

Marion Wagner, beekeeper and teacher at the college for curative education in Hamburg

 

About the author:

Undine Westphal, born in 1966, is a mother of three girls, a passionate beekeeper and lecturer for beekeeping courses. She teaches beekeeping as part of the general studies and biology lessons in primary and district schools and has led the school apiary in a Hamburg primary school since it was established in 2009. She is also author of the textbooks:

Schulimkerei Planung/ Aufbau /Betrieb

Frauenpower am Bienenstock

Imkern mit Kindern und Schülergruppen

Beekeeping with children and school groups

Abenteuer Bienenkugel

The book with many photos and illustrations has 115 pages and costs € 25,95 plus postage and packaging.  It can be obtained from undine@noergelsen.de

The English version for this book will be available soon. For now only the German version is available.

 


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