BEEKEEPERS in the north-east Catalunya region have moved almost one million bees in a bid to protect the insects from increasing heat and pesticides.
Apiarists in Girona transferred Iberian black bees and their hives to a higher location at 1200 metres above sea level.
The effects of climate change and extensive agriculture is affecting the population and their survival.
Keepers, dressed in protective suits, mesh protected helmets and gloves, carefully extracted honey combs from boxes, and put them onto wheelbarrows, before transferring them into trucks for their journey.
The hives were then stored in tall boxes within the shade of high trees to give added protection from the summer heat.