|Posted by john.morrell on November 1, 2013 at 4:10 PM|
The first bees were introduced into the nature reserve at the end of May 2013.
The rangers prepared an excellent area away from the path which allowed sunlight through and was also well sheltered from the wind. The bees which are local are doing well, especially the two colonies in top bar hives. There are two more traditional hives,the nationals,which have fairly recent swarms but seem to have settled in nicely. I did not take any honey from any of the bees this year to help them get through the winter and will also be feeding them with fondant. Next year, providing the bees survive the winter, they should be well established and ready to pollinate the reserve and local gardens.