The Bee Sanctuary of Ireland is the only dedicated native wild bee sanctuary on the planet.
No hives. No honey.
55 acres – the size of 31 football pitches – of habitat which we have been returning to nature since 2012.
Nestled in the foothills of the Wicklow mountains we are a pause in the chaos of modern life.
We advocate for and educate about our endangered wild bee populations and are a real life real time example of the simple measures we can all take to address this serious issue.
When it comes to bees, nature and the planet it’s time to start giving and stop taking.
Here on THE BEE SANCTUARY OF IRELAND we give everything.
We’re all in.
Make saving bees your business.
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Corporate Picnics with the Bees
Spend a day relaxing in nature with the bees. Chill out in the glorious foothills of the Wicklow mountains. Your team reconnecting with nature in a casual relaxed environment.
No set schedule. No presentations. No slideshows. No hassle.
Chatting and strolling encouraged. Inspiring. Educational. Refreshing.
Need some headspace? Some inspiration? A different perspective? Some peace and quiet? Some alone time? Somewhere for your small team to figure it all out. See what 55 acres all to yourself of thriving nature where time stands still can do for your creativity, problem solving, reiteration and soul.
We call it Beestorming.
Beestorming without the ask. A timeout with and in nature. Sit by the water. In a meadow. By the buzzing flowerbeds. In the old orchard. Among the vegan grown fruit and vegetables. Stroll for hours uninterrupted. Lose track of time.
Reflect. Reconnect. Recharge.
Ready to go again. Ready to make those changes.
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So a poem about bees finds itself
to us a while back
and we love its simplicity
its clarity of message
and it tugs. it gets it. we’re not alone.
and it warms us. and we move on busy.
then we set this website free in the middle
of february and hope people get it.
and a poet reaches out and tells us
we are fulfilling her dream
and thanks us for doing what we are doing
and sends us a poem she has written.
and this poet lives in north carolina usa
and we are in wicklow ireland.
and like us the bees are the same and the bees are different
but the connection, the sentiment, the knowing what to do
nature does that
if we let her
…if we listen
thank you Kyla
From ‘Dawn’s Fool’
published by IceFloe Press
For the bees
If bees followed me
I would carry them all on a kite
fly it low and quiet
they would say
because I have coated it lightly
We would make our way gently
to a vast field
of wild mustard and pinks
where I would tenderly shake them off,
a few bees at a time,
and end at the creek’s edge
with an empty kite
and the sound of buzzing
returned to the air.
I will not tell you
where we are. I will not
let anyone near. This is
the bees’ wide open
hideaway, and even I
will leave them there
in plenty and peace
not to return.
– Kyla Houbolt