The Langcliffe Bees

Veronica in a Beekeeper's suit.

Langcliffe is Busy with the Buzzing of Innumerable Bees.

Langcliffe has hundreds of new residents, all the way from Bury-Saint- Edmunds! The Community Garden’s ‘National’ hive is the new home of a colony of Honey bees. The bees were delivered in a ‘Nucleus Box’ and, once the weather had improved, they were transferred, with their frames, to the ‘National’ Bee Hive. The group that oversee the running of the Village Show donated £200 to the Bee Keepers and the bulk of this was spent buying two full Beekeeper suits. Once the honey bees were in the new hive, and  Dave and Tina Roberts suitably dressed, they checked on the health of the bees and looked for the Queen bee. Marked with a yellow dot, she was soon spotted, and Dave was very pleased to see that she had had filled, and sealed, chambers with eggs. A colony of bees contains a single queen, a few hundred male bees or drones and up to 50,000 female worker bees, which are the common honeybees seen in gardens. Dave said the bees seemed very friendly. On their first forays for food the bees came back with lots of yellow pollen on their back legs and nectar, a sugar-rich liquid produced by plants and flowers, in their ‘honey stomachs’, this is a ‘bag’ before the bee’s digestive stomach. The nectar is taken back to the hive and the worker bees are fed. Whilst the cooler weather is here, and flowers are not so plentiful, the bees’ diet is being supplemented with sugar syrup. Dave explained that he and Tina had been surprised at how much of the syrup the bees consumed.
“We want people to look out for the bees and plant ‘bee friendly’ plants. " Dave told us, "There will be a link on the Website to help people know what’s good to plant. We also want people to look out for swarms. We have a second hive ready and would like to collect a swarm to fill it. If anyone sees a swarm in the Settle area, please phone me (07517127788). The best thing about the project so far is the enthusiasm shown by people in Langcliffe. It’s great.”
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Click on the button above to link with a Bee-Friendly Gardening Guide‎ to find out which plants are good for the Langcliffe bees.

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