Happy bees make the best honey. That’s why we bundle our busy bees into our Bee-mobiles and travel the North East of England and Scotland – and often further afield to Europe and beyond – setting up apiaries to give them access to the widest variety of flowers and trees in every season, infusing our honey with the most deliciously diverse individual flavours.
Over recent years, many dedicated experts have been fighting to highlight the extent of the demise of the honeybee. Lots of television and media coverage have made life inside the world of the honeybee more understandable. But just as we believe that we are beginning to understand their behaviour, we then discover that there is more to learn.
Honeybees are social insects and one of the very few insects that are able to survive our winter period as a colony. They might have to store enough food to last them an incredible 6 month period.
As we probably know, a beehive consists of many worker bees (girls), not so many drones (boys) and the all-important Queen bee. When Queeny is in full flow she can lay as many as 3,000 eggs every single day! So what’s the problem I hear you ask? Well in short, the whole world seemed to be against our bees. Farming methods, insecticides, climate change, disease and parasites.
Now we are aware and to some extent trying to help reverse the decline. Sadly there are very few wild honeybee colonies around. We would like to invite you to take part in the journey of the relationship of the beekeeper and the honeybee, showing you first-hand how we produce our natural products and showing you the beehive throughout the year and how we have to feed the bees in adverse conditions and treat them for parasites as well as all the other jobs such as swarm management and harvesting.