Polish operators deploy apiaries along tracks

More and more railway operators in Poland are setting up their own apiaries. Some of them install beehives at the building roofs but most undertakings prefer to deploy beehives along the tracks. Among the latest developments is the apiary of Koleje Śląskie in the city of Katowice.

On Wednesday, 5 August, four beehives with 20,000 bees were deployed by Koleje Śląskie at its headquarter in Katowice. The company’s office is located close to the tracks, therefore, the bees will live near railways. Before arranging the apiary, Koleje Śląskie sowed a flower meadow in immediate proximity. Four beehives were made of wood and were painted in the company’s colours: yellow, green, blue and black. The project was carried out in cooperation with the Jan Matejko Academy of Fine Arts in Kraków.

Beehives of SKM Warszawa in Warsaw. source: SKM Warszawa

Apiary in Warsaw

Koleje Śląskie is not the first railway undertaking in Poland to manage its own apiary. In April 2019 SKM Warszawa, a railway operator of S-Bahn lines in the Warsaw metropolitan area installed five beehives at its Warszawa Szczęśliwice depot (not far from Warszawa Zachodnia station). To set up and keep the apiary, SKM Warszawa established a partnership with Marcin Migdar, an experienced Polish beekeeper. The company’s depot in Szczęśliwice neighbourhood of the Polish capital is located close to the green areas.

Beehives on roof

Three years ago, PKP Cargo, the largest rail freight operator in Poland, launched its own beekeeping project. In contrast to Koleje Śląskie and SKM Warszawa, it deployed the beehives on the roof of its headquarter in Warsaw. As a result, the undertaking joined the list of companies that install beehives on the roofs in the Polish capital.

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Author: Mykola Zasiadko

Mykola Zasiadko is editor of online trade magazines RailTech.com and RailFreight.com.

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