Hive attacked by a wild animal

I have a few hives on field beans and went on Sunday to do the weekly inspection to find that something had attacked one of them. I’m guessing a badger by the looks of it as thier 3 middle didgets are thier strongest. But could also be a very brave fox but I’m sure its a badger… Continue reading

A sea of clover in the orchard

The amount of clover in flower at the moment is unreal, I feel bad than I’m going to have to cut it with the mower before it get totally out of hand. The bees are loving it but I remember last year how it took us a couple of days strimming it and raking it up, pure torture… Continue reading

And another one…

… and definitely one of mine this time πŸ™‚ I just took a stroll down the field yesterday evening before milking to see how last weeks swarm was settling in and was leaning on the fence watching the cattle when I looked down and saw this hanging off the fence…Β  Continue reading

Oops I missed a small queen cell…SWARM

I got a surprise in the home apiary when I saw this nice cluster of bees hanging out of one of the small apple trees. I wasnt expecting any hives to swarm but looking at the two in the orchard I found that I missed a small little capped emergency queen cell. I had divided a double brood langstroth hive over on the oil seed rape before bringing it home. Continue reading