Once again Bungay Community Bees’ colonies have survived rather a strange weather year. Long spells of dry weather following the late, sudden burst of flower energy has led to low honey stores in good sized colonies. We are currently needing to feed them up with sugar syrup to facilitate their winter hoarding. We now have three community hives in and around Bungay and another three at the College Farm Observation Apiary (one indoors made of glass).
This was our first year at College Farm, offering ‘bee and nature ramble’ visits to schools, in conjunction with Anglia Regional Co-operative Society. Children discovered how amazing honey bees are, the importance of pollination and risks to pollinators followed by seeing honeybees in the glass hive. Some also saw a nest of very pretty Tree Bumblebees, recently arrived in East Anglia from Europe. We catered to different ages and abilities but everyone enjoyed themselves (especially us) and we have had some great feedback. I was struck by the enthusiasm (and sometimes tricky questions) generated. Best of all, after settling in over the winter, everything at the apiary should be even better next year! The next challenge for us will be delivering the same experience to the co-operative managers later in a few weeks.
There is a visit to College Farm Apiary (some pictures here) planned for 22nd September at 2:30. If you would like to join us please contact Elinor: 07791 495 012 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively you could join the group cycling to Aldeby from Bungay as part of Car Free Day – they’ll be leaving the Buttercross at 1:30pm (more about Car Free Day events here)