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

If you type “bees” in the search box of the BBC Homepage, the Editors Choice is currently called “Brilliant Bees” and it’s well worth a look. BBC Midlands Today featured using thermal imaging to see if their local colonies were okay following the cold spell – it seems a good tool and avoids disturbing the colony, shame the cameras are so expensive! Maybe the government should supply all bee keeepers with these cameras in order to help in keeping the honey bee alive!!

I checked all my sites today (in the heavy rain, just before it turned cold) and I was rewarded to see some bees briefly coming out. A sense of relief for now, though the cold and snow have quickly returned.