We promote a wide variety of species and stand for biodiversity.
Already today, numerous railway green spaces serve as natural oases and retreats for animals and plants worthy of protection. With the ÖBB Rail Bees project, the bee in particular is given a place. Its habitat is flowering meadows - a treasure that is sufficiently available to ÖBB along the railway and is now being given a special role for our bees.
Love for animals
The project will start with eight ÖBB areas throughout Austria that have been defined as potential bee sites. In cooperation with a network around the beekeeper Markus Bleich (beehero.at), the areas will be equipped with bee houses and the bee colonies will be settled. He takes care of the animals' well-being and the appropriate maintenance of the landscape. The areas are thus used sustainably and biodiversity is promoted - at the same time we get delicious organic honey: our ÖBB Schienenhonig (rail honey).
An oasis for Rail Bees
With the appropriate green space management and the bee houses, a fruitful cooperation between nature, people and the railway is created. On the one hand, green spaces close to the railway line or stations are transformed into true oases for bees and insects, and on the other hand, this patch of earth is cultivated and managed in an ecologically sustainable way. This not only creates space for our Rail Bees, but also supports other insects, arachnids, birds or small mammals. This in turn helps nature to flourish.
The bee houses of the ÖBB Rail Bees are distributed throughout Austria: in Lower Austria, in Burgenland, in Salzburg and in Tyrol.
Natural product ÖBB Schienenhonig (rail honey)
Our rail honey is a real natural product. The bees need their time to produce the honey. Because: Only under appropriate conditions and in harmony with nature can the good organic rail honey be produced. The liquid gold will be available to those with a sweet tooth from autumn in the ÖBB Webshop and in the railway bistros. The journey of the honey will then also lead into the trains of ÖBB. As of autumn, passengers will be able to enjoy ÖBB Schienenhonig for breakfast or as a treat in-between in the Railjet and Nightjet.
Our little star
A large-scale campaign will draw attention to the climate and species protection project: Kick-off 20 May, the Day of the Bee. Station names of main stations all over Austria will be transformed into bee stations. In addition, a bee filling station will be placed in front of the main station in Vienna, offering even more space for our little friends: an oversized ÖBB logo in the shape of a honeycomb, which will be greened in a bee-friendly way. For more information, simply visit our Facebook channel.
Did you know that ...
- A bee colony consists of about 60,000 worker bees, a few hundred drones and a queen - all living in ONE hive.
- A worker bee produces two teaspoons of honey in its four to five weeks of life.
- The collection area of a colony is almost 50 km2 in size.
- Queens can live up to 5 years and lay 1200 to 2000 eggs a day during the summer.