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Out with the Drones

As the mornings are crisper and the chill of Autumn engulfs us, the bees are preparing for winter. In the height of Summer the colony is 50,000 strong but that number needs to be reduced to ensure a winter survival. It’s quite heart wrenching to observe two female worker bees dragging a large male drone …

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Upside down bees

Last week I was informed by a farmer that one of my hives at an orchard had been blown over. We’d had some particularly strong and bitter winds the previous night and although I’d checked all my other colonies, I had neglected to travel further afield to check on this ‘wilder’ hive. This colony was …

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