In the mountains of Shennongjia Nature Reserve in central China, you will see one answer to their dwindling bee population.
At nearly 4,000 feet above sea level, more than 700 wooden beehives sit off the cliff-face on the side of a mountain.
The wall of hives is designed to attract the wild bees.
They are attracted from the surrounding area and encouraged to relocate to one of the boxes.
By having a pre-established empty hive, the farmers hope bees will come. The hives have had some success so far, but the only problem is beekeepers have to climb the mountainside to reach each of the hives.
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The Shennongjia Nature Reserve is unique in the sense it has several climate zones. The zones are classified as subtropical, warm temperate, temperate, and cold temperate. Because of these different climate zones, it simulates different areas in China, and this makes it possible for flora and fauna from all over China to grow in one place.
China, like many countries, have seen their bee population drop in the nation’s north and northeast — bees have become extinct in some areas. Other areas in China are also seeing bee populations decline, the Xinhua.net reports. It is suspected that neonicotinoids, a class of pesticides known to have acute and chronic effects on honey bees and other pollinator species, is a major factor in overall global bee population declines, according to EcoWatch.
Twenty-nine independent scientists conducted a global review of 1121 independent studies, and found overwhelming evidence of pesticides linked to bee declines, EcoWatch said.
Shennongjia Nature Reserve is listed in UNESCO’s network of Biosphere Reserves, with over 1,000 different species of plants growing in the area, plus 54 different kinds of animals.
With the flora providing plenty of pollen, the bees are sure to be happy. The park is now being called the “home of Chinese bees.”