Follow our progress running the nursery, watching wild bees, keeping honey bees and creating our own bee-haven in south Oxfordshire

Autumn honey harvest - Aug 11

Its been a tricky year for honey with many months of very dry weather and our novice handling which resulted in maybe 5 swarms from 3 hives.  So since the bumper spring harvest the bees have been either struggling to find food or messing around without mummy to organise them into honey production. With this in mind we didnt expect to get much honey from our 3 hives and we didnt. Thirty jars was all. But it tastes great; very strong flowery flavour. In think its our best yet (not that we can take any credit).

What is also interesting is how different in colour and flavour it is from last autumns honey.  See the comparison in the picture from the far left (this weeks) to far right (last Sept).