Spring has sprung

After what seems an age of thoroughly miserable winter weather, spring appears to have arrived, not just according to the calendar, but with the appearance of a little good weather. With the warmth and a brief respite from the seemingly endless rains, the bees have been flying. Indeed, one of our shrubs was positively humming… Continue reading Spring has sprung

A big surprise in the hive

Today we checked on the bees in the long deep hive. Whilst they had built up a huge colony, we were nonetheless a little concerned about how much stores they had put away, as last year they ate through them very quickly before winter had properly set in and needed additional feed to survive. We… Continue reading A big surprise in the hive

A new colony of bees

After losing a queen a couple of weeks ago, last week we requeened one of the hives with a new Italian queen, having first removed all of the queen cells. This week, we carefully inspected this hive for the first time since introducing her. Thankfully, she appears to have been accepted and has already started… Continue reading A new colony of bees

The flighty queen has flown

Today’s hive inspection was generally encouraging, with three large colonies in excellent health. All hives sported frames with large areas of clean white brood, and good amounts of stores are being laid down. The gold bees in the long deep hive show no signs of swarming, despite becoming a very large colony with an astonishing… Continue reading The flighty queen has flown