A COLONY of 100,000 honey bees have been moved from Kellogg's historic headquarters ahead of the re-locate to MediaCityUK.

Since 2014 the bees have lived in four bee-hives within the grounds, producing Kellogg’s Talbot Road Honey and now they will be re-homed in its factory site in Trafford Park.

This year the bees have produced 160kg of honey. At the height of summer there are around 60,000 bees in each hive which means that over the last three years, Talbot Road has housed around 720,000 bees.

Warren Bader, from Plan Bee, set up the Colony at Talbot Road.

He explained the delicate task of moving the bee colony: “Urban bees like these are critical to the survival of the bee population.

“Bees do not fly when the temperature is below 12 degrees or at night so we plugged the entrance to the hives early one morning before the sun had risen.

“Then we transported the bees, in their hives, to their new location alongside the existing bee colony at the Kellogg factory in Trafford Park.”

"The UK Bee population is under threat due to climate change, building on green spaces and the growing of monoculture crops to feed the world population.

"Bees often thrive in cities because there is a lot more variety in the flowers around them – and a healthy bee colony needs variety."

Kate Prince, corporate responsibility manager for Kellogg’s UK and Ireland, said: “As part of our sustainability programme we are always looking ways to improve the environment through greener business choices and programmes.

“One third of the UK’s food is pollinated by bees playing a key role in our food chain. We have loved having the bees on our Talbot Road site and now we are really pleased we have been able to rehome our honey bees to our factory site.

“Bees can travel up to three miles a day so who knows one day next summer one of the Trafford Park bees might find its way back to Talbot Road.”