Franco-Swiss project for the study and conservation of local wild bee species
The Wild Bees Project association was created in 2019 in Ferney-Voltaire (FR). Its objectives are the identification, study and conservation of native bees in their natural environment.
About 1000 species of bees have been identified in France and 600 in Switzerland (Apis mellifera is the only European species that produces honey; it is found in all hives). These insects are essential for the pollination of wild and cultivated plants. As flora and fauna know no borders, it seemed important to us to launch a cross-border study, both in urban areas and in the countryside. The study area currently covers the Pays de Gex (FR), the Geneva basin and the Jura Vaudois (CH). A collaboration has been established with the National Nature Reserve of the Haute Chaîne du Jura.
We invite the general public (from children to seniors) to participate in our awareness raising projects and data collection actions. We share our knowledge with experts around the world.
Our association participates in “Honey Bee Watch“, an international participatory science project coordinated by the “Survivors” team of COLOSS (COlony LOSS). The team studies the biological, environmental and behavioral factors that determine the survival and resilience of honey bee colonies in the wild.
We love and protect only what we know!