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Somerset Honey
We have been keeping bees & selling honey for more than 15 years.  First in Dorset and now in Somerset.  The bees do a crucial job of pollinating the apple trees, soft fruit and vegetables while collecting nectar and pollen to take back to the hives.  We have recently planted new hedges which contain bee-friendly varieties.
  • April 2016. The bees have been seen collecting pollen from crocus and dandelion flowers. The days have not been warm enough to encourage them out. An increase in the temperature in May should coincide with the apple blossom. Four hives are looking promising. So far so good.
  • 2015 update.The bees have been working hard and 2015 has been a much better year. We have bottled all the honey and have both runny and soft-set honey for sale. 
  • 2013 & 2014 were poor years for honey and we did not have much surplus honey for sale. We're hoping that 2015 is going to be much better. Latest update from the BeeKeeper is that the hives look in good shape - apart from one where he was expecting to find a mouse's nest and instead discovered a little blue-tit sitting on her nest (where was the camera when you need it?)
  • We're very pleased when customers ask us "How are the bees?"  It is widely reported that bee colonies are under threat and the winter of 2011/2012 was tough for all bee-keepers.  We started 2012 with fewer hives than previously but caught several swarms in May which we hoped would settle down and grow into strong colonies. Despite a promising start the year turned out very wet.
Remember the rhyme . . .

A swarm in May is worth some hay
A swarm in June is worth a silver spoon

A swarm in July is not worth a fly.

RHS Bee-friendly plants

The Royal Horticultural Society has produced a list of bee-friendly plants & plants for other pollinators. Look out for the RHS Perfect for Pollinators logo when you buy plants.
Follow this
link for more information.
www.rhs.org.uk/Gardening/Sustainable-gardening/Plants-for-pollinators


SWARMS COLLECTED
May & June is the time of year when honey bees can swarm. Swarming bees are not usually dangerous - they're more interested in following the Queen Bee.
Please contact us if you discover a swarm of honey bees.
07940 507107


Find us at Wellington Farmers' Market

on the 1st & 3rd Saturday of every month.
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