County Durham business leads the fight to protect bees

County Durham business leads the fight to protect bees

A North East company is exporting its technology around the world as part of global efforts to protect bees.

Arnia, based in County Durham, produces beehive monitoring equipment that can track and record bee health and behaviour and send it on to beekeepers.

The firm, which launched in 2010, works internationally with governments, universities, farmers and beekeepers to protect bees against disease and invasive species.

Arnia has received the backing of the Department for International Trade, that helped fund a trip to the International Bee Research Conference, which led to the company working in New Zealand.

George Clouston, Arnia’s commercial director and beekeeper, said: “Bees are everywhere and essential to world food production, so protecting them and making sure they have the correct environment to thrive is essential across the globe.

“We are exporting our hive monitors to around 30 new markets, including New Zealand, Australia, China, the US and Canada, but we are also working with a number of organisations to help stop the decline of bee species.

“We’re collaborating with technology and beekeeping partners in Spain, Belgium and Greece to develop next generation hive monitoring technology as part of an EC funded research project called IoBee.”

Arnia’s technology allows hives to be monitored from anywhere in the world, on any device at any time and delivers alerts if anything changes within colonies. As well as helping maintain strong, productive and healthy bee colonies, it provides an insight to life inside a hive.