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Bees may be used to deter park vandals

Eric Pfeiffer
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Could bees help keep a historic park safe from vandals?

Managers of the Valley Heritage Park in England are considering introducing a hive of honey bees in order to deter vandals from damaging historic buildings.

It's a stark contrast to headlines about increasing electronic surveillance and other digital anti-crime efforts.

"They could be a deterrent," Barbara Chick, publicity officer for the Welsh Beekeepers' Association, told the BBC. "I haven't heard of them being used as security bees."

Park manager Chris Wright said he hopes a beekeeping group could use the park land to produce honey, which would then be sold on park grounds. The bees could also be used to pollinate nearby wildflower meadows that have grown up around the park.

However, Chick said there may be some resistance to the move, because of safety issues if someone was stung by the "security bees."

There are examples of other wildlife returning the park area, including otters who now make use of the ponds and waterways which were once used for local mills. The park grounds also include a museum and farm, which the managers are attempting to preserve.

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