Didcot 0 Witney 0 !

Harry and I went to Didcot yesterday, having received a tip off about a swarm in a lovely lady called Joanne’s garden. We were 5 minutes from our destination when she rang to say the swarm had moved on. We arrived to see the bees flying around the chimney brest of a nearby house. After a while they seemed to decide to take up residence there, which was a shame. We chatted to Joanne, who was intrigued by the bees and concerned about the plight of the pollinators, and is now considering having a colony herself . Because the swarm had gone and returned once before, we left a cardboard box and some lemon grass cloth with Joanne. We left a note with the owner of the chimney pots, and he rang back later, so i could advise him of his options. Earlier today we had a call from Toni in Witney, about a swarm in the bush in her garden. We arrived to find it had gone, there had been a recent thunderstorm, so whether that had anything to do with it, i don’t know. We spoke to Toni and asked her to let us know if it came back. I learnt a lesson, as it would appear that a few scouts were arriving back to the site of the recently departed swarm, and were obviously very unhappy and I got a sting on my head! I shall be wearing a cap at all times from now on! On a very positive note, both our colonies appear to be doing well, Harry and I cleared the dead bees that had been traumatised due to their awful mode of transport, from our first hive and encouraged our box dwellers into the hive while it was open. We have now taken the box away and all seems well. Take care all Melvin and Harry


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passionate about bees, permaculture and biodiversity.....and plymouth Argyle F.C.
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One Response to Didcot 0 Witney 0 !

  1. Paul says:

    When we started beekeeping we read books warning about various things which make bees more likely to get anxious and sting you: wearing perfume (Gareth says not true in his experience), mowing the grass next to them due to the noise, vibration and smell of cut grass (but Sue says she mows right next to hers without trouble), eating bananas (make you smell like you’ve just been stung and incites more bees to sting you – a lot of people affirm this one is true). And, thunderstorms. Don’t open a hive if it’s likely to rain or thunder.

    Colonies seem to vary widely in their tranquility. So maybe it was the thunder, or maybe you’re lucky you did not collect that particular swarm…


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