Bees, Biodiversity and Royal Mail

Royal Mail

Royal Mail (part of the Royal Mail Group) is an international business that has been providing postal and delivery services for more than 500 years. Royal Mail collects, sorts and delivers letters and parcels for destinations across the UK and internationally.


As the UK’s sole designated Universal Service Provider, Royal Mail delivers to over 31 million addresses across the UK, six days a week as standard, with a Sunday parcel delivery service now in place for major retailers. Delivering economic and social benefits to the communities they serve is a key objective for the business. In 2021 the organisation made the 6th largest contribution to the UK economy of any company and employs 1 in every 172 people in the UK.


Environmental considerations are a fundamental part of the way Royal Mail operates, with commitments to providing sustainable solutions for its customers and communities as they deliver against their environmental ambitions.


Royal Mail are independently rated as a leading responsible business by international benchmarks for sustainability including FTSE4Good and S&P Global.

Royal Mail hives at the bee centre

Supporting Biodiversity

Royal Mail recognises that their business has both a direct and indirect impact on biodiversity and ecosystem services.

As part of their programme to support biodiversity, the organisation has engaged with The Bee Centre to find ways of enhancing opportunities for bees and other pollinators both on and off-site. The Bee Centre is the home of sustainable and ethical beekeeping in the UK and a centre of excellence for bee-related breeding, husbandry and education.

Part of this programme includes the installation of honeybee hives at Royal Mail’s Warrington Rail Terminal. The hives are home to British honeybees which are specially bred by The Bee Centre and are based on our native dark bee (Apis mellifera mellifera). These bees have been locally adapted to be resilient and well suited to local seasonality and habitats. The bees are busy pollinating wild flowers and crops to enhance our natural environment.

honeybee @thebeecentre
natural honeycomb with Kath at the bee centre

See our bees at work

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