You can't fault the intention or sentiment. There are worries though. Will the hoped for rise in urban nature awareness and keeping be matched by a corresponding demise of the 'blaim' culture? I sadly suspect any neighbourhood sting incident will be the responsibility of and liability of the nearest known beek (irrespective of the insect causing it). Not withstanding the appauling insensitivity and the fact that Dickman's attutude (recent Scottish news item) was perfectly atuned to his name, does this case and others give an indication of legal views on liability? The local beek is guilty unless they can prove they are innocent - and of course that would be virtually impossible! I'd like to see this initaive succeed, will urban culture allow it to?The conservation watchdog Natural England recently called on people living in urban areas to consider keeping bees.
Its chief scientist Tom Tew told the BBC: "We want urban people to engage with wildlife and get joy and pleasure from it. The more hives you have the more resilient the whole population is to the outbreak of disease."