There's a buzz around Cumberland House Natural History Museum as visitors flock to see the new observational beehive. Up to 9,000 European Honey Bees live in a colony in the hive, producing honey combs and raising their young.
They enter and leave via a short tunnel that connects the hive to the museum gardens and its bee-friendly plants. Visit the hive to watch the bees at work. If you're lucky you might spot the queen bee who is larger than the others and has a mark on her back.
The bees are at their buzziest in the summer when the weather is warm.
We're extremely happy to announce that plans for our much-loved Butterfly House have been revealed featuring a brand-new, state-of-the-art structure that will improve the butterflies' habitat and make it an even more enjoyable place to visit for all visitors. The project will run over the next 12 months, during which time we will not have live butterflies within the museum but there are plenty more exhibits to discover and events and activities to enjoy.
Please note, the Cumberland House bees were discovered to be carrying a virus so will be taken from the museum for treatment. The beehive will be back to full occupancy in due course but it may not be before June. Please check back for updates, which will be relayed as soon as we know them.