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

I checked all my hives today, just lifting the roof to see if the fondant had been taken down. Nearly half of my colonies had eaten all their fondant so they have all received another half block. At two sites there was also a distinct odour that indicated the bees had been collecting nectar from the Ivy. It was a cold day with a fine drizzle in the air but most were foraging which I was surprised at as the temperature was 10 degrees celsius at best.