Without bees, our ecosystem is in danger. Not only do they produce honey, they also pollinate with other insects around 80 percent of our domestic flowering plants. But their survival is increasingly under threat. In order to make an active contribution to the preservation of the honeybee, we have turned DB land over to private beekeepers free of charge. By doing so, we are saving habitats that are so important to 50 million bees.
And you can taste the results. Our “Gleisgold” honey and “Gleisdrops” sweets can be purchased in the bahnshop.
Habitat and food for endangered wild bees
At DB, we are not just working to protect honeybees, but are also creating a Noah’s Ark for endangered wild bees at some of our stations. The bee “arks” are a kind of insect hotel – they resemble a raised bed and consist of two parts: one of the boxes is filled with a mixture of sand and clay along with dead wood and insect nesting aids. Here, wild bees find ideal conditions for building their brood nests. The second box provides food for the bees in the form of wild shrubs found in the local region.
In Germany alone, there are over 550 species of wild bee, including the bumblebee. They are classed as particularly endangered species and are an essential part of our ecosystem. The arks act as a life raft for bees and many other insects. The first bee arks are located in Baden-Württemberg at Asperg, Fellbach and Leonberg stations. They were built as part of a special initiative by the Samariterstiftung Behindertenhilfe Ostalb, a charity that supports disabled people.
Bee protection without borders
Because the protection of bees and nature knows no borders, we are committed to protecting species outside of Germany too. In the Benelux countries, for example, there are over 50 beehives on land around our logistics sites, which are looked after by the Dutch honey makers DeBijZaak on behalf of DB Schenker. In the belief that saving the bees can save the world, the beekeepers care for tens of thousands of DB's smallest employees, so endeavoring to preserve the local flora and fauna. DB Schenker has also set up bee nest boxes at several locations in France.