National Bee Unit warning

This email was sent out by the National Bee Unit yesterday:

With the on-going poor weather, there is a real risk of bee colonies starving. Please check for stores in the colony and if in any doubt feed your bees. You should feed with either a fondant or a thin syrup.

Further information on feeding bees can be found in Best Practice Guideline No. 7, on the Advisory Leaflets page of BeeBase (click here)

Kind regards,
National Bee Unit.

Today was yet another rainy day. Emma and I went round the apiary topping up the sugar syrup in all the hives. Meanwhile the others huddled around cups of tea and three different kinds of cake. We still don’t know if Myrrh has managed to find a passing sunny moment to mate.

Who will feed the bumbles?

A few pics from Drew’s photos last week which I didn’t post yet:
Wave your bum in the air like you just don’t care
Bee on blue flower 2
Bee on blue flower
 Hello bees!

Can we have some sunshine please?

About Emily Scott

I am a UK beekeeper who has recently moved from London to windswept, wet Cornwall. I first started keeping bees in the Ealing Beekeepers Association’s local apiary in 2008, when I created this blog as a record for myself of my various beekeeping related disasters and - hopefully! - future successes.
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22 Responses to National Bee Unit warning

  1. Mark's Bees says:

    Good luck with the bees during the crazy, wet weather. Here in the southern United States, it almost seemed as if we missed winter because it was so warm. Even the news media covered stories that swarming began early this year because of the weather here. I wish all my brother and sister beekeepers better weather and full supers! -Mark


    • Emily Heath says:

      Thanks! I can hear the wind howling outside right now but I’m sure the sun will come eventually. Glad you guys are doing well with the weather, I am obviously living in the wrong place!


  2. emilydickinsonsgarden says:

    Fabulous pictures! And I want to feed my bees–although we’re having a wonderful spring for them, I think. We didn’t have the super warm temps that the Eastern and Southern states had, but it was relatively mild for us.


  3. pixilated2 says:

    Fabulous photos! Like Mark above, I live in the south and my bees numbers really dwindled over the winter. They kept going out and finding nothing to eat. Now that spring is going proper they have increased to the point of ready for swarming! Hope all goes well with your bees.
    ~ Lynda


  4. disperser says:

    I would have hit “like” but I don’t like starving bees . . . hope it works out.


  5. We had a sunny day yesterday, bees flying well, but it’s freezing cold again today. Fingers crossed for Myrrh.


  6. Second feeding for our crew this weekend, they had sucked the feeders dry! And, Myrrh? I must have missed something, a new queen with a name? Congratulations!


  7. svengali says:

    Nice pics. Weather here on the west coast of Canada is dark and wet also. Not stopping the bees from building up and prepping for swarming. Yesterday I found many uncapped queen cells with larvae in my 2nd hive. Opened up the broodnest and put some empty (no foundation) frames to see if that slows or stops the urge.


  8. I love the bums in the air! Really beautiful photos of the bees on blue flowers, such startling contrast.


  9. ceciliag says:

    more fabulous pics and I have been feeding my bees since late jan, so i am relieved that i am doing the right thing, they woke up SO early this year.. soon my clover will be out so then i can wean them off.. c


    • Emily Heath says:

      I’m sure you always do the right thing – you have such a magic touch with animals, I’m always impressed by how well treated your farm inhabitants are. Mmm clover honey!


  10. In computer-speak … OMG!!! Those pictures are fantastic! You know, he should self-publish a bee book. Many of us have read every book we can get our hands on and these pictures are MUCH better than any I have seen yet. Your descriptions are wonderful. It made my Sunday morning most enjoyable!


    • Emily Heath says:

      Thanks very much, I passed on your comments 🙂 I think they’re great too, but Drew doesn’t seem to have any plans to publish a book right now. Maybe in a few years, when he’s taken snaps of every bee in our hives from every conceivable angle!


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