The University has had staff and student beekeepers managing hives on campus for non-academic purposes since 2010, where a group based in the School of Earth and Environment called the ‘Sustainability Action Group’ started our first apiary behind their building on the city campus.  Since then, in line with our strategic ambition to become an exemplar of urban biodiversity, a wider network was established in 2014.  This network widened participation across the campus and has since created additional apiaries in St. George’s Field and on the Laidlaw Library roof.

Currently, the apiaries on campus are:

  • The School of Earth and Environment (SEE) apiary, which consists of three national hives
  • The Laidlaw Library roof, which consists of two national hives and one as-yet Unnamed nucleus (nuc) colony
  • The St. George’s Field apiary

The hive network has a variety of involvement levels, including:

  • People willing to help out at events, provide support and with a general interest, but not particulary interested in conducting checks
  • Volunteer hive inspectors, who have received or plan to attend training and assist where possible with hive checks and swarm collections
  • Hive Leaders, who take responsibility for a hive, lead the hive checks and swarm management on the campus

If you would like to get more involved, or just want to sign up to the mailing list to get updates, email

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