The bees have been some what neglected this summer and have more or less looked after themselves.
We carried on feeding them late into the year because of the prolonged cold start.
The hive decided to swarm mid-July: on a very rare day when both me and my sister were unavailable to help collect the swarm from the tree they settled in before leaving never to be seen again. The hive was a little quiet for a few days but soon became active with no noticeable effect on numbers.
With the change in the season it has been time to think about supplying them with a little extra to keep them going through the cold winter months.
- 1 kilo sugar
- 1 litre water
- 1 spoonful cider vinegar
Add all the ingredients to a large pan and heat until the sugar has dissolved. Leave to cool and place in dishes for your bees, adding small stones or gravel will help stop bees from drowning when they collect it up.
Back in the summer I was lucky enough to be taken to see a Sun Hive that was being built on landed belonging to a Camphill Community near by. The hives are similar to top bar hives but are built from reed baskets. The photos are not the best as I had my camera stolen soon after the visit but have managed to find a few to share