07917 677667 beesatbobs@btinternet.com RJ beekeeping, Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands

Defence

Checking my colonies today for fondant it was noticeable how defensive they were; lifting the roofs to check the fondant instigated an immediate response with bees flying out of the entrance (and in some cases straight down my boots!) and reminding me they were not in the mood to be messed with!!

Pesky Mices!

My hives are all secure and best prepared for the approaching winter. Today, soaked by thunderstorms, I was picking up spare equipment from some sites and again was confronted by mice making snuggly winter homes amongst my empty hives. A lesson to be learned as obviously there must have been suitable gaps for them to gain access. Fortunately little damage had been done and after their initial shock they scurried off into the undergrowth.