So a lot of our bees didn’t get the best of the rape nectar with all the bad weather we have been having. Some have looked in on their bees and found them short on stores or starving. Well that’s not over yet unfortunately.
In the UK we have what is known as the June Gap. This is when there is a drop in the available nectar sources that bees forage from.
How do they normally cope? Well normally we don’t have 7 weeks of rain in a row and they have stores built up, especially with the rape harvest.
What do you do about it? Well in the short term I am afraid it is feeding again if you notice them running out of stores. In the longer term you might like to look on our website, http://www.harlowbees.co.uk/beeinfo/, to see what flowers with a good nectar source in June and see if you can plant ahead for next year. I went to http://www.beehappyplants.co.uk/ myself last year and they have lots that can fill the gap.
It’s not June yet though, you say? No but some only read their email once a week, and you never know, people might want to pop to a garden centre before
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