Tom´s Tree

Tom´s Tree – “Natural” Tree Cavity

Beelogger for Tom Seeley in Arnot Forest

In the fall of 2017, I made Thomas Seeley an offer he couldn’t possibly refuse. I offered him 10 of my just finished Beeloggers to use in the Arnot Forest in the natural tree cavities he knows. I wrote him an e-mail with all the information about the data loggers and offered to climb into the trees with him.

Thomas Seeley answered quickly and firmly: Unfortunately no time.

Hommade “natural” tree cavity

After this unexpected refusal I decided to build my own “natural” tree cavities. My friend Tom (not Seeley) sawed me several cavities at dizzying heights into living trees according to the average geometries of natural tree cavities determined in “The nest of the Honeybee”. The cavities are arranged in the trees in such a way that the thinnest wall thickness on the side of the flying hole is 10-12cm. Several Beeloggers are mounted on each tree and record the humidity at the edge of the cavity, in honeycomb construction and even in the wood surrounding the cavity.

The first two tree cavities went into operation in spring 2018. Two natural swarms of untreated colonies have entered the trees. I will report on the development in 2019.

The sensors are recording everything since beginning of 2018. They are evenly distributed over the entire height of the cavity. In addition, the moisture level of the wood surrounding the cavity is also recorded.

The peg installed in the top element can be removed to attach a honey chamber. All three elements can be removed at any time to control the colony. The inside of the elements is covered with a wax sheet.