Most of the public cannot distinguish between bees (Apidae) and wasps (Vespidae). The Asian honeybees and Western honeybees commonly found in Hong Kong have gentle temperaments. In contrast, wasps or hornets, such as the Asian giant hornets, belong to a category with strong aggressiveness. In addition, bees can only use their stingers once and they will die after use, so they rarely attack other species, including humans. Instead, they are often the targets of attacks and hunting.
In the past, whether it was a private or public institution, once someone reported or complained about the discovery of either bee or wasp colony, and regardless of where it was found, the vast majority of handling methods involved pest control companies directly exterminating the bee colony. Even if a small number of bee farmers were willing to take in the bees, they rarely release them back into nature.
Will Legend hopes that the public can accept coexistence with bees, and create an inclusive community and inclusive ecology. In the cases we have handled, bee colonies are often located very close to pedestrians and residential areas. Through our “Will Legend Home for Bees Conversation & Education Programme”, in collaboration with bee conservation groups, bee colonies are first brought to a conservation center. After bees are settled down, an assessment will be conducted. If we find that the bee colony is capable of surviving on its own, the bees will be released back into nature, allowing these important pollinators to continue playing their crucial role in the natural world.
Preserving the bee colony in its original habitat is the best option for both the bees and the ecosystem, as each relocation results in a certain amount of bee loss. Even if a bee colony is found in a workplace, home, or park, if they are not causing any disturbance, it is best to leave the bee colony there to continue their natural role endowed by nature.
Through the “Will Legend Home for Bees Conversation & Education Programme”, Will Legend hopes that the public can accept gentle-natured bees and learn to coexist with them, in order to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for the sustainable development of humans and nature (the Earth). By protecting the health of bees and other pollinators and animals, increasing biodiversity, increasing the number of plants and forests, and achieving carbon neutrality, we can achieve the sustainable health that we have always advocated for.