Beekeeping report from the vineyard
Beekeeping report from James Boar – Denbies Beekeeper
Over the last couple of months we’ve been getting hold of and assembling new hives. The bees became active early this year – towards the end of March – and are now busily making honey.
We’ve just swapped two of the hives out, and moved the colonies into shiny new hives (pictured).
Currently all of the hives have a good, healthy queen and BIAS (brood in all stages, when eggs, capped brood cells and larvae are all visible) rapidly replenishing any losses over winter and reinvigorating the hive.
Mostly at the moment they’re gathering, whether nectar or pollen, to help build up the population. If you see honeybees flying around with little orange bulged on their rear legs, those are the pollen sacks and we’ve seen a lot flying in and out with full sacks – a sign of a good spring.