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Green Desert for Bees in Essex

Agricultural Tractor sowing Wheat
Image©Robert Clare 2015 Black-headed gulls following tractor sowing wheat

Keeping bees in Essex

Living opposite a field and keeping bees it is always nice to know what crop is being sown.
This year it is wheat. So my bees are going to have to fly further and use up more energy to find suitable nectar and pollen sources. Lack of forage for bees in the countryside is a problem. The lack of wildflowers is not helping the situation either. In past years the main flowering bee friendly crops around Copford have been Oil Seed Rape, Borage, and some Mustard. I hope the bees can find some ! Did you know it takes about 556 worker bees to produce 1 pound of raw honey from about 2 million flowers. You can help by planting some bee friendly plants in your garden.


Essex Honey Bees Spring Start

Eseex Honey Bee Hives Spring
image © Robert Clare 2015
Great to see lots of early spring activity in a couple of my commercial beehives. There is lots of pollen coming in from crocus and tree catkins with plenty of bees foraging.The bees are queuing up to get in. Looks like the bees have wintered well and are off to a good start. It is a bit early in the year for a full inspection but things are looking good. All my hives are doing well lets hope it continues.