Without bees, our ecosystem is in danger. Not only do they produce honey, they also pollinate around 80 percent of the 2,000 to 3,000 species of crops and wild 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 also taste the result. Our “Gleisgold”-honey and the “Gleisdrops”-sweets can be found 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.