Mellifera e. V.


Mission Statement

Mellifera e. V. envisions a world with bees, humans and nature in harmony. We promote respectful beekeeping practicies and the protection of bees and their habitats.


Our history: 33 years of protecting the bees
Mellifera Association is Germany’s pioneering organization for organic and respectful beekeeping. Our association was founded in 1986 in the wake of the first massive collapse of honey bee colonies in Germany due to the arrival of the destructive varroa mite.
The collapse of colonies challenged beekeepers to find alternatives to their traditional beekeeping methods. New ways of appropriate and respectful beekeeping were to be developed that allowed bees to meet their needs and follow their instincts.
This includes swarming as the only natural way of colony reproduction concomitant with a broodfree period; allowing colonies to build natural honeycomb; as well as foregoing artificial queen breeding. These issues are central elements of the guidelines for bio-dynamic beekeeping, which we helped to establish in the early 1990ies.
Our initiatives for humans, bees and nature:
Over the years, Mellifera has initiated several highly successful initiatives for bees, humans and nature, including
  • the Fischermühle teaching and research apiary which holds a broad range of seminars and work-shops and conducts research projects aimed at strengthening bee health and finding ecological treatments of bee deseases
  • the „Network Blooming Landscape” which initiates and implements projects for increasing the abundance of blooming flowers in our landscapes and thus improves the habitat situation for pollinating insects,
  • the initiative „Bienen machen Schule“ („Bees in school“) which works with over 250 schools, teachers and beekeepers to invite children and young people discover the love of nature by offring the opportunity to dive into the fascinating world of honey bees
  • the „Bee Defender Alliance“ that fights in court for protecting the bees against the introduction of gmo and harmful pesticides such as neonicotinoids

Program Details

Project: Showcase Bee Haven
In autumn 2015, Patagonia provided seed funding for starting our project „showcase bee haven“ that is coordinated by our Network Blooming Landscape. The project empowers farmers and local groups to plant illustrative flower patches and stripes for bees and other pollinators on both agricultural fields and urban sites, where guided flower tours are being organized over the summer. The sites of the publicly accessible patches are highlighted on an interactive „blossom map“ on our website.
In spring 2016 we could encourage more than 30 local partners to plant more than 15 heactares (150.000 square meters) of flower patches. There were guided tours helt on most of the patches with around 600 participants.
Over the next three years, we could increase the number of planted flowering patches to over 200 hectares (2 million square meters) planted by 250 farmers all over Germany. In 2018, we reached more than 9.000 people through the guided tours. Many of the participants of the tours were local farmers who wanted to learn from the experiences of our project, so it is likely that several of these farmers will also start planting insect friendly flowering stripes on their own fields.
The success of the project was acknowledged with an award by the UN Decade for Biological Diversity that was granted in July 2017 and again in July 2019.
The project costs are being provided by both individual and corporate sponsors who can adopt / sponsor a flower patch. By September 2019, more than 1.700 individuals and more than 40 businesses joined this programme. Among the businesses are Germany's largest supermarket chain ALDI Sued as well as Studio100 Media GmbH which holds the rights to Maja the Bee, the famous cartoon character.
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Fischermühle 7
Rosendfeld, null 72348
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