Last week The Wharf posted an unbee-lievable scoop (of honey): on the top of KPMG’s tower are two hives of bees.
Led by two queens named Beyoncé and Heidi Klum , the hives have been there since 2014.
Alison Benjamin from Urban Bees told The Wharf how readers could help our flying friends whose numbers are dwindling.
“You can easily make a bee hotel – that’s with sticks of bamboo that you can put together.
These are good for solitary bees who like to live alone but prefer to live next to each other, sort of like us living in flats.”
Hive rise living. Which got me thinking of all the similarities between Wharfers and bees.
Some 40,000 bees, an inordinately large number, live in those two hives. All squashed together, and piled on top of each other in what is a comparatively small space.
According to the 2011 census, 73,000 people live in Canary Wharf, all squashed together and piled on top of each other, in what is a comparatively small space.
Worker bees make up the majority of the bee population of the hives, with only a single queen bee overseeing each hive.
Worker Wharfers make up the majority of the Canary Wharf population: with figures suggesting 105,000 of us buzz about the place.
Instead of calling our overlords fat cats, we should call them skinny queen bees. Which fits better with the vogue for personal trainer and triathlon-honed bodies.
But what of the famous waggle dance bees do? If you’ve ever watched someone, head down, dodging pedestrians, trying to follow Google Maps on their phone, you’ll know we do a special dance too.
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