Simon E. wrote:U.K. bees are having a particularly bad time this year goobers, a cold and wet summer is not helping.
But if we provide the means, things will improve .
Very true. But the hives I opened today (down here in the south west) were full of life, if not honey. I love beekeeping - I don't have my own hives, but help a neighbour with theirs - though I think that, when I get my own hives, I'll go for top-bar. I find the manipulations needed with the National-type hive are obviously upsetting to the bees, and it's pretty obvious that I'm upsetting a lot of sentient beings as I check the frames.
But it is truly awe-inspiring to open up a hive and hear the life inside, feel the vibration of all those wings. Humbling.