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At a warehouse near a major logistics hub there's literally a beehive of activity.

Meet two people who've been bitten by the beekeeping bug. Jan Beullens keeps hives at his workplace, a warehouse near Brussels Airport. Raluca Witowski-Berthold started beekeeping on the balcony of an apartment building. She gives practical tips for the beginning beekeeper.

Join us on a visit to two urban beekeeping enthusiasts: Jan Beullens has placed beehives on the grounds of a warehouse close to the Brussels airport, and other DHL properties besides. Beullens was supported by his employer in his mission to spread the word about bee conservation. His efforts help the environment thrive, while providing a sweet message of sustainability to DHL's customers, too.

You'll also meet Raluca Witowski-Berthold. An early convert to urban beekeeping, she offers tips for the beginning beekeeper and explains why keeping a colony on an apartment balcony is such a rewarding task.

Listen to the podcast to find out why bees are so important to the future of the planet, how beekeeping and environmentalism go hand in hand – and what NOT to do if a bee crawls into your pants.

Reporter: Jennifer Abramsohn

Host: Deborah Friedman

Editor-in-Chief: Markus Wohsmann

Production: Deborah Friedman

Marketing and digital promotion: Daniel Montua

Living Logistics is produced by the Central Editorial Team and the Digital Communications Team within the Communication, Sustainability & Brand department at Deutsche Post DHL Group in Bonn, Germany.

Jobs & Careers at Deutsche Post and DHL: https://www.dpdhl.com/career

Links:

More bad buzz for bees: Record number of honeybee colonies died last winter https://n.pr/2Tjj93k

Bees: Many British pollinating insects in decline, study shows https://bbc.in/30l9SZR

Bees are dying, but there is one thing we can do https://bit.ly/384LOxa

Literature:

Buzz: The Nature and Necessity of Bees, Thor Hanson https://amzn.to/386GhpK

The Bee Manual: The Complete Step-by-Step Guide to Keeping Bees (New Ed), Claire Waring, Adrian Waring, and Bill Turnbull https://amzn.to/35VLSxE

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