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

I am hopeful that this cold spell will be beneficial to our bees. It will help keep pests and diseases at bay (bar the woodpecker!) and the bees will not be so active, therefore will not use so much stored honey! Many people think that sub zero temperatures would the most detrimental but the worst weather for bees is damp weather. The main risk this weather is if the bees use up all the stores that they are clustered on and become isolated from other food stored.