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Downton Honey

downton honey

Over the last couple of years I have reduced the number of beehives I keep and generally only have enough honey for my own family's use, and to give away to friends and family. On a good year you may find some of my excess honey for sale at The Borough Cafe in Downton.

Honey bee swarms

When bees swarm they are usually docile and easy to handle. Their instrinct is to cluster together. The bees are gathered into a box which acts as a temporary hive. As long as the queen has been collected the bees will cluster around her in the box which can be transfered to a permenant hive. They use fanning behaviour (see last picture) to spread pheromone around to let the other bees know where the swarm has settled. See also the video page for more on collecting swarms.