New to the family at Boringdon Hall and Gaia Spa is the bee hives, tucked away in the wildflower meadow. Every couple of weeks, Boringdon’s Bee Keeper Jean gives us an update on all the bee hive happenings…
“On last inspection (18th August) all three hives are looking strong and healthy. There is evidence of Drones (male bees) being expelled from the hives. Drones have no use during the winter months so are literally ‘man-handled’ out of the hive. This saves the stores of food the bees have collected throughout the season. The Winter colony is all female, with one Queen and Worker bees.
Entrance blocks have been placed in the opening passage of each hive. This narrows the passage substantially so the hives are more easily defended against wasps and other bees trying to sneak a free meal.
Unfortunately, there will be no more honey now until next May or June. I did however manage to extract approximately 50 lb but it has been a poor year for honey due to the variable weather so we can only hope for a better 2018.”
To find out more about Jean and our Boringdon bee hives read our blog Homemade Honey