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Why Dolce Frégate Provence?

Pierre Sancho, General Manager, wishes to launch the resort on the path of environmental protection, hence the installation of 12 beehives.

Location criteria : A location must meet several criteria to suit both the bees and the beekeeper:

Good sunshine and good exposure : Bees love the Sun and love see it illuminate the morning at the entrance to their hives (like us, when we wake up in the morning, seeing the sun stream through the shutters). A south or south-east exposure is excellent and encourages the bees to forage in the early hours of the day.Furthermore, a sunny location, especially in the winter when the sun is lower, is a guarantee of a good winter harvest, and an earlier start in the spring.

Good protection against prevailing winds : By contrast, bees don't like the wind. It disrupts their flight and keeps them close to the ground. It also cools the heart of their hives which they must maintain at a constant temperature of 35°C, even in midwinter.

Abundant melliferous flora : Bees can forage within a radius of 3 km around their hive to collect the nectar and pollen they need. But the closer and more abundant this resource is the better.Especially when it comes to producing honey for a beekeeper. Since the bees not only need sufficient stocks for themselves, but they must also produce a surplus that the beekeeper can harvest.

Furthermore, in sedentary beekeeping there must be several varieties of flowers throughout the year. This point is rarely satisfied with today because of intensive urbanization and the systematic clearing of all roadside areas and wild spaces (prevention against fire, extermination of harmful insects, cleaning in public spaces...).

Avoid exposure to pollutants generated by man, including insecticides and pesticides : The use of these toxic products generates considerable damage, even fatal, on the colonies. It is therefore advisable to stay as far from possible from crops at risk.But beyond the damage on the bees from pesticides, a location away from human pollution (exhaust fumes, factory smoke...) ensures a cleaner, healthier honey.

Allowing the beekeeper to work in optimal conditions : Preferably choose flat ground where it will be easy to move and work (working with equipment that limits field of view, loading and unloading the hives at night). A field that is accessible to a vehicle and a trailer to allow turning maneuvers.But also land which can guarantee safety with regard to the theft of beehives (isolated and discreet location hard-to reach land, or protected within a fenced enclosure).

The Dolce Frégate location presents good characteristics:

  • Sunshine and exposure 5/5
  • Protection against prevailing winds 4/5
  • Melliferous flora 2.5/5 (I will probably have to compensate for the lack of nectar and pollen)
  • Exposure to pollutants 3/5 (I have kept as far as possible away from potential risks)
  • Work of the beekeeper 5/5