Many thanks to Severn Trent and their Community scheme for providing, free of charge, a water supply to our new Meeting Hut. This will make it much easier to provide teas and coffees for Open Days and other occasions.
They had to tunnel under the car park. Much junk is apparently buried there but they got through. By chance they arrived at the same time as a major clearance of woodchip was taking place and used their digger to help. A good day and a good result!
Volunteers preparing for new water supply
Letter from the HIVE : May 2013
Almost into May and finally the trees and bushes have some colour.
Inside the hive progress is being made as the colony starts to grow, the eggs and brood are now spread over five frames and there is plenty of pollen and enough stores to support the young, emerging bees. Hopefully these will be strong enough to start working the ever increasing cherry, pear and currant blossom. The bees are still predominantly working the hazel and willow for pollen, and the dandelion and gooseberry for nectar.
May is a busy month for the bees; they need to produce a strong colony of flying bees to take full advantage of the first significant nectar flow, storing provisions for the less productive month of June.
A few marigolds planted between the carrots not only help to stop carrot fly but also provide a useful source of food for our pollinating insects. The planting of a few sweet peas and some lovely scented poppies give a wonderful bouquet to a floral honey.
A few bee facts:
- A colony is made up of one queen, lots worker bees (female)and a few drones (male)
- Brood comes in three stages: eggs, larvae and capped
- The bees are living in a type of hive known as ‘British National’, a popular choice in Warwickshire – see picture below
Kind Regards, from the HIVE
I have included unusual and first sightings of the year. If anyone else would like to contribute in the future then please let me know!
January brought snow and with it 6 goosanders arrived circling the reservoir for a while before landing. Waxwings from the mainland of NW Europe were seen on several occasions around the allotments, as were fieldfares and redwings feeding on the apples remaining on the ground. These last two stayed until the first week in April. Long tailed tits, siskins, goldfinches and both green and great spotted woodpeckers were regular visitors to bird feeders and fruit trees, along with our normal garden birds. Continue reading