Where we Fly
Whilst the bees can reportedly fly for 3 or 4 miles our bees feel there is no need. Titwood and Maxwell Park are on our doorstep, Pollok Park is there if the girls feel like a change and Bellahouston is a short flight away as well! If they get tired there are hundreds of fabulous gardens they can visit and pollinate to their heart's content. Ed and Kate have been delighted at all the offers of garden space and this spring and summer we are placing hives in and around Glasgow. When you look at Glasgow from above the sheer amount of greens paces are staggering, cities are perfect for bringing bee numbers back to strength.
For 2013 We have apiaries in the West End of Glasgow, right beside the Botanic Gardens, a fabulous source of varied foraging right through the year. Also there is close proximity to the banks of the River Kelvin, riverside banks are often great foraging sites. One site in the West End is so special the bees won't even have to leave the garden where the hives are, it really is the site every beekeeper dreams of! People really are very generous with making space for our hives, I never fail to be impressed at the goodwill towards the honey bee.
This Summer we are taking the girls down to the Ayrshire heather moorlands. This is really rather special for a number of reasons, we get some fabulous heather honey, and the bees get a fabulous source of feed to keep them through the winter months. As a further bonus we have been told that the bees will regenerate the heather which is in decline. This will then improve the habitat of the ground nesting birds such as Hen Harriers. A great win win situation for everyone involved. The real trouble will be lifting those hives chock a full of heather honey, better watch my back!