The winter of 2017-2018 was a long drawn out affair
With snow covering the hives for weeks on end, this did not help the bees and the effect of the length of the winter spell was devastating on the hives, I lost about a third of the colony’s.
The Torridon hive survived and I placed it on a field of Oil Seed Rape in early May it quickly built up and managed to secure a box of honey.
The weather was now warm and the hive swarmed at the end of May, leaving it to raise a new Queen. which it did successfully and built up numbers quickly enough to secure a box of mixed blossom honey from the summer flowers.
I am now feeding the hive before winter arrives again, lets hope for a kinder winter this coming year.
Brian the Bee keeper