REGULARS of this city-centre boozer couldn’t BEE-lieve it when the landlord installed a hive in the back garden.
Robert Mullen, 44, runs The Griffin Bar in Glasgow and installed the colony – which now contains a population of about 30,000 bees – to help boost the insects’ declining numbers.
He said: “I wanted to do my bit because bees are in trouble - and we could start getting our own Griffin honey out of it.”
The number of UK bee colonies has decreased by half in recent years due to a deadly parasitic virus, and Mr Mullen is well aware of the dangers involved in keeping them.
He added: “Quite a lot of things can go wrong. There might not be enough pollen or flowers. We need the colony to establish itself first.”
Honey bees are vital to plant and flower cross-pollination and are estimated to be worth around £1billion to the UK economy.
Mr Mullen’s bees have a range of about two miles, which means they will be able to reach a nearby park to access pollen.
I reckon The Back Garden is less than a mile from the Griffen. We look forward to welcoming the bees anythime.