Each hive is gradually being transferred from the traditional bee boxes, to this slightly more radical structure adapted from a Barefoot Beekeeper design. There is much discussion around the world about colony collapse disorder, and recently the EU acknowledged that this was at least partially due to neonictinoids – a type of pesticide. We take a very natural approach to the bees, only harvesting part of the honey each year leaving them plenty for the winter, and of course we want to provide them with a comfortable home. The buckets on each of the legs are not part of the original design but a much needed addition here in South America. Each bucket is filled with water to stop the ants overwhelming the beehives and stealing all the honey.