Open bee house

Topic area
Agriculture and forestry, incl. value chain

Disaggregation level
Animal welfare

Project region

Local Action Group (LAG)
LAG REGIO-V Regionalentwicklung Vorarlberg

LE– Programming Period
LE 14–20

Project period

Project costs overall
5 700,00 €

Subsidy from LE 14-20
4 560,00 €

EN - 19.2.1. Umsetzung der lokalen Entwicklungsstrategie

Project initiator
Bienenzuchtverein Hörbranz-Leiblachtal

Short description

The beekeeping association Hörbranz-Leiblachtal plans the realization of an open bee house including processing room. The site is to be highly developed with the creation of a bee and nature garden including an insect educational trail. In addition to the quality of habitat for bees and insects, the site is also to be established as a meeting place for the village.

In this small project, a suitable location is to be found and the requirements, framework conditions, costs and possible partners for the implementation will be clarified. Together with an external person, specialized in project management and landscape planning, the members of the association will clarify the requirements, search for the location and plan the open bee house. The external support of the association members and the preparation of the feasibility study will cost 5,700 euros.

Point of departure

The beekeeping association Hörbranz-Leiblachtal ("association") has existed for more than 100 years and is primarily dedicated to the promotion, care and preservation of beekeeping and apiculture.

The association and its members strive to maintain close contact with other associations such as the national Fruit and Horticulture Association, with local farmers and communalities. The goal is to adopt a uniform approach aimed not only at beekeeping but also at preserving biodiversity in the Leiblachtal valley.

 In addition to activities such as planting crocus together, maintaining flowering strips for bees and other insects, members of the association make themselves available repeatedly to familiarize schoolchildren with beekeeping and the positive effects it has on the environment. Another related goal is to maintain the existing quality of life of the inhabitants of Leiblachtal.

At present, however, the beekeeping association Hörbranz-Leiblachtal has neither its own apiary nor any other permanent location to bring topics relating to beekeeping closer to the public. New challenges in beekeeping bring new demands on infrastructure, which small beekeepers find difficult to solve on their own. A shared infrastructure would offer great development potential, especially for small bee keepers.

Targets and target groups

The aim of the project is firstly to find a suitable location for the open bee house including nature garden and insect path in Leiblachtal and to clarify all associated framework conditions and costs and secondly to plan the open bee house and to plan it with possible implementation partners (content-wise and financially). The location found is to become a meeting place for the village, which will illustrate the positive effects on the environment and makes a contribution to biodiversity in the Leiblachtal.

Results and effects

The result of the project is a feasibility study on the location and financing of the open bee house jointly with the nature garden and the insect path.