Posted By The Bower Inn

Candida's top tips for having a beehive in your garden

Our co-owner Candida has had bees on-site here for four seasons and has five hives with around 40,000 bees in each.

She is affectionately known in these parts as the mad bee lady and is often called in to help deal with swarms.

The honey Candida's bees produced is too good to be used in cooking, so is offered to our guests for their breakfast toast.

While our resident bees work hard to make honey for those that stay with us, there are lots of other benefits to beekeeping too.

Having a beehive in your garden can bring you closer to nature, plus you're helping to pollinate your plants and those in your neighbourhood.

A hive doesn't need a lot of space, as bees don't need acres of fields to forage in. They can do well in urban areas too.

When siting your beehive make sure you and your neighbours are not in the bees' flight line.

Getting the siting right from the very start is essential. Plan ahead extensively before placing the hive in the spot you think would be best as bees will fly back to the first place the hive was sited, so once sited a hive should not be moved.

Bees prefer to be handled calmly and anyone considering getting a beehive ought to chat to the British Bee Keeping Association for expert assistance and training:

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