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

The end of the season (beekeeping year) has been underlined the last few weeks by the removal of the drones from the colonies. The poor blokes are badgered out of the hives, refused re entry, or even stung to death by their sisters! Having served their purpose for the season (well the lucky ones died in the fulfilment of their role) the remaining drones are now surplus to requirement and would be a drain on resources during the winter months.

On a different note, I looked to see if the mouse who took up early residence in one of my empty nucs might have upped sticks. I lifted the lid and there before me (with sad looking eyes I thought) was my “squatter”. I really haven’t the heart and though I may regret it, I placed the lid back on and left mouse to a winter in “The Ritz”.