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

Todays’ inspections were pretty mundane until I checked an empty nucleus hive sat on the floor at one of my sites. Mouse guards are normally put on in September but this little critter was ahead of the game; my mistake for leaving it with the entrance open. The comb has already been chewed out and a lovely little nest constructed. I don’t have the heart to expel it now so it has a “des res” for this winter (but I will want to use the hive again next spring).