bees of the pyrenees

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The Pyrenees mountains form a natural frontier between France & Spain. They run for 500km, bridging the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea. On either side lie two starkly different landscapes - dry Northern Spain and verdant Southern France - with equally different weather, wild and plant life. This is a truly unique and remarkable place…  

With over 3,000 species of plants and flowers, Spring and Summer months lay on an unbelievable display of colour.  Wildflowers carpet the landscape and bees buzz from flower to flower in a busy frenzy of delight. 

The Pyrenees are extremely bio-diverse and pollinators of all kinds fill the air, with butterflies and bees floating from flower to flower like swirls of confetti. It has been estimated that there could be as many as 1,000 species of bee found in the region, making it one of the 'bee richest' regions in the world.

Bees do extremely well here, and much of the honey sold in surrounding French and Spanish regions comes from the Pyrenees, As well as the many flowers on offer, bees have access to a wealth of pine forests, as well as a range of other trees such as sweet chestnut and oak… All of which makes for deliciously rich, full-flavoured honey! 

Some 200 species of plant, bird and mammal residing in the Pyrenees are endemic, meaning that they are found nowhere else in the world. Alongside such remarkable diversity, humans have resided in the Pyrenees since prehistoric times. Traditional usage of the land has been forestry and livestock, but in modern times a significant increase in tourism poses a new threat to this once pristine landscape… 

Luckily, however, the wilder parts of the Pyrenees do not accommodate human habitation, or tourists, and so many areas in the region remain untouched.  Because of this, the Pyrenees continues to provide a unique and vast refuge for bees and other wildlife. 

For now, bees and beekeepers alike continue to thrive here, in one of the last true wildernesses of the European continent.... and long may it be so!

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