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

Summer honey crop


It is really amazing how the bees recovered from a long horrible winter and are now thriving. The result is that we have had the best early honey crop we have ever had in the 5 years as beekeepers.  We took a first harvest mid-June when the winter sown oil-seed rape had finished flowering but then had to take another harvest last week because many of our local farmer had to re-sow the rape in spring because it simply rotted in the fields during the cold wet months of February and March.  (Last year we only took the early season honey once and then later we found there were many frames of rape honey that had set hard and in winter the bees were unable to eat it so it was no use to them either).  One of our hives has already filled 4 supers giving us around 80 jars; well above average.  Two of our hives are in the grounds of Denman College (WI HQ) where they have a little shop there. The picture is one of the jars we have labelled up for them.