Posted: 27/07/2012 at 19:57
Spitfire, consider yourself lucky to have bees close by. It's a sign that your environment is still healthy enough to support them, unfortunately they are in trouble all over due to intensive agricuture and the use of the new systemic pesticides (the type that's in Provado and similar products). Unfortunately many gardeners use them as they don't know what damage they are causing.
I agree with beesontoast, try to find out what type of bee you have and if it's honeybees get in touch with Biobees forum or a local beekeeper. If you have bumblebees they will disappear after they have reared new queens at the end of summer.