Twice the top bar hive at the Unitarian Church has been interfered with.
Twice bars, with comb, have been strewn across the floor.
The 2nd time this happened was in minus temperatures with snow all around.
To leave them, even with a padlock around the hive, we felt, would be too much of a risk to take; as well as an unnecessary one.
A new site was found
Less than a mile away
3 miles for 3 weeks, as is the normal rule, was not considered necessary for a hive move at this time of year. Both our local Bee Inspector and members of the Halifax Beekeeping Association (some with more than 30 years of experience) said:
move them now, straight to the new site; now whilst it is cold and before the queen starts laying.
So that’s what did, on a bitterly cold and icy Saturday morning.
Moving a TBH is more than a one-person job
We were 6Chipping in together – as we always do
while some cleared the new site in readyness
others removed the securing pins
and strapped down the lid
carrying the bee hive through the icy grave yard
in the van
and off to the new site
a hillside site
with a retaining wall
some 5 feet tall
the wall overcome
the hillside was next
but all worth it
the bees in their new site
with views of heartshead pike
a smashing spot
and lots of forage – even now. Gorse blooming just a few feet away.
marion listens in
let’s hope the trauma’s they’ve had
matter not in the long run
and that they’ll pull through into spring
we returned to the warm
beetroot soup and parsnip cake - thanks Judy