Well wouldn’t you bee angry too? I can see some of the beehives from the house. I am always keeping an eye on the hives checking all is well. In the summer it is always useful to look out at midday to make sure they are not swarming. Everyone had been warning us about...Continue reading
Yesterday evening was glorious. Warm and sunny, the bees were still flying at 9:00pm! I took the opportunity to walk around the apiaries and feed some of the newly housed swarms....
I’m gutted, think I have lost my last beehive. The bees seemed ok going into winter. They had plenty of food for winter, and the hive feels heavy suggesting there are still plenty of stores still in there. However, at this time of year, when you give the hive a sharp knock on the...Continue reading
Swarm Season is Upon Us Now that honey bee swarm season is officially here (read about the first swarm of the season here), we potentially have swarms to manage over the next couple of months and a bit of preparation to do. The swarming tendency can start about May, peaks in June, and begins...Continue reading
The first Honey Bee swarm of the season occurred today 5th May 2018 at 12:30. It's always the way, a beautiful warm sunny day at around midday and you can bet if the bees are in the mood, they will swarm. For about 15 minutes the air is full of bees while they look...Continue reading
Can you beelieve it! More snow in March!Although we were not hit too badly, some of the places around us got a huge dump. Roads blocked, cars abandoned and villages cut off. Fortunately, this all occurred at the weekend, so was less disruptive than normal.Our animals were just as bemused as the previous week but...Continue reading
Honey Bees In February are recognising the daylight is longer, the days are brighter, and as a consequence are beginning to prepare for the new season.Hopefully, the bees should still be clustered together in the hive, keeping warm. I only know this by tapping the side of the hive and hearing a sudden heightened...Continue reading
Preparation for the Start of Another YearI always think January is a bit of a funny month, the perceived middle of winter, often cold & short days. Nothing is growing outside, but we continue to pick cabbages from the vegetable patch and cook with produce stored in the freezer and outside store. The Bees in...Continue reading