Buzz of ideas: Amsterdam could start licensing bee hives

Amsterdam City Council wants to reduce the number of beehives within city limits, arguing that the type of bee kept for honey production drives out wild bees.

The city is developing rules to reduce the number of beehives and this could include alicing system or even areas without beehives, the Parool reported on Wednesday.

Researchers from the EIS foundation, which specializes in insects and invertebrates, say wild bees are disadvantaged by the current number of honey bee colonies in the capital because they all compete for the same food.

They estimate that there are six to seven honey bee colonies per square kilometer in Amsterdam, while research shows that wild bees suffer if there are four or more.

More than half of the 360 ​​types of wild bees in the Netherlands are on the list of highly endangered species and are threatened by nitrogen pollution and insecticides used in agriculture. Wild bees have a crucial role in pollinating plants for food.

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