By NICK ENOCH
The team at Greenfield Valley Heritage Park in Flintshire, North Wales, intend to use hives filled with 'security bees' to scare off would-be vandals
Heritage bosses have unveiled their new weapon in the battle against vandals - swarms of honey bees. Conservation chiefs at Greenfield Valley Heritage Park, in Flintshire, North Wales, are planning the sting operation to deter yobs who repeatedly vandalise their ancient buildings.
The park houses a collection of original and reconstructed local buildings - including mills and factories from the 18th century.
And if the plans are approved, hives will be filled with 'security bees' to scare off the would-be raiders.
Chris Wright, manager of the park, said: 'The idea to use bees seems sensible.
The heritage park houses a collection of original and reconstructed local buildings - including mills and factories from the 18th century
'Vandal attacks have led to the deterioration of many historic buildings and it is difficult to deter people who seem determined to get in there.
'But they may think twice if they know there is a hive inside.'
The park team are planning on hiding the hives in old mill buildings which have been repeatedly attacked.
If disturbed, the swarms of honey bees could attack intruders, using their vicious sting to drive them from the heritage site.
If disturbed, the swarms of honey bees could attack intruders, using their vicious sting to drive them from the heritage site (file photo)
The idea has been tabled by members of the Greenfield Valley Trust but they will have to see if it is approved by health and safety chiefs.
Barbara Chick, publicity officer for the Welsh Beekeepers' Association, said: 'I haven't heard of them being used as security bees.
'They could be a deterrent but there may be health and safety issue if someone is stung, so I don't agree to their use as a security measure.'
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
A real sting operation: Heritage bosses plan to use bee hives to protect ancient buildings from vandals
By NICK ENOCH