Posted: 20/11/2015 at 20:10
For the most part yes .... the poor wet summer in most of the UK meant that many beekeepers were having to feed their bees in July to just keep them going.
The likelihood is that many of the queen bees from this season will be poorly mated as suitable days for their mating flights were few and far between. This will really only fully be known next year ... some hives may not build up well in the spring if the queen has not been fully mated.
With the exception of a very few isolated places, all beekeepers are still managing the impact on honeybees of the varroa mite .... and we are all on the lookout for small hive beetle and asian hornets making their way across the Channel.
But it's not all bad news ... the lovely autumn weather has meant the bees have been able to forage and make up for some lost time. The ivy here has been fantastic.
So we've all tucked our bees up for the winter now ... and we all cross our fingers for the next few months and just hope our hives make it through.
It's just lovely when you see them out on the snowdrops and aconites come the spring.