Menu

Beekeeping in June

Beekeeping in June

June used to be notorious amongst beekeepers when “the June gap” was a real and present danger.  The early spring crops and flowers had finished and there was traditionally a few weeks when forage was sparse.   The beekeeper would have to keep an eye on colonies to make sure they didn’t starve and would need to feed if necessary.  This year it looks like there will be no June gap.  No sooner had the oilseed rape finished when the hawthorn came into abundance and that has been swiftly followed by field beans, clover and even the brambles are now starting to flower.  The long cold spring has been followed by perfect conditions so far.  Warm, humid days and showers that have just been frequent enough to keep the nectar flowing.  If this continues over the next few weeks then we can only hope that the lime trees will do their thing.  If it is too hot and dry then lime, which only flowers for a few short weeks, doesn’t have a nectar flow.  However, if it does, the honey is pale and delicious.

By this time last year we had been inundated with calls from the public reporting bee swarms.  This year, again in huge contrast, the phones have been silent.  Perhaps the swarms will all be delayed due to the poor spring.  We know that many colonies were lost last winter.  In a “normal” year (whatever normal is these days) the swarming instinct runs from April to July.  It has been known for bees to swarm later than that but on the whole by the time the main nectar flow happens in July the bees are settled into making the most of it and preparing for the autumn and winter.  It will be interesting to see what happens this year.  The old saying goes “A swarm in May is worth a bale of hay; a swarm in June is worth a silver spoon; but a swarm in July isn’t worth a fly.”  However, if there are late swarms we will endeavour to catch them, house them and try to build them up sufficiently to be able to live through winter and who knows, we might even get a honey crop from them next year.

2017 Compost Bin Swarm

Share on facebook
Facebook
Share on twitter
Twitter
Share on pinterest
Pinterest
Share on email
Email
Share on print
Print

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Coverage Area

What's On

Jun
25
Tue
2019
8:00 am Abstract Reality Exhibition @ Newbury Library
Abstract Reality Exhibition @ Newbury Library
Jun 25 @ 8:00 am – 9:00 am
Abstract Reality Exhibition @ Newbury Library | England | United Kingdom
Abstract Reality Exhibition at Newbury Library Two
10:00 am Thursday Rhymetime @ Thatcham Li... @ Thatcham Library
Thursday Rhymetime @ Thatcham Li... @ Thatcham Library
Jun 25 @ 10:00 am – 10:30 am
Thursday Rhymetime @ Thatcham Library @ Thatcham Library | England | United Kingdom
Thursday Rhymetime @ Thatcham Library Rhymetime for
11:00 am Rhymetime @ Newbury Library @ Newbury Library
Rhymetime @ Newbury Library @ Newbury Library
Jun 25 @ 11:00 am – 11:30 am
Rhymetime @ Newbury Library @ Newbury Library | England | United Kingdom
Rhymetime for under 3 years Every Tuesday
2:00 pm Art Group @ Hungerford Library @ Hungerford Library
Art Group @ Hungerford Library @ Hungerford Library
Jun 25 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Art Group @ Hungerford Library @ Hungerford Library | England | United Kingdom
Art Group Every Tuesday, 2.00-4.00pm at Hungerford
2:00 pm Cancer Support Group – Hungerfor... @ Bear Hotel, Hungerford
Cancer Support Group – Hungerfor... @ Bear Hotel, Hungerford
Jun 25 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Cancer Support Group – Hungerford and Surrounds @ Bear Hotel, Hungerford
Cancer Support Group for peopling living with
2:00 pm Knit and Natter @ Lambourn Library @ Lambourn Library
Knit and Natter @ Lambourn Library @ Lambourn Library
Jun 25 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Knit and Natter @ Lambourn Library @ Lambourn Library | Lambourn | England | United Kingdom
Knit and Natter Every Tuesday, 2.00-4.00pm at
Jun
26
Wed
2019
8:00 am Abstract Reality Exhibition @ Newbury Library
Abstract Reality Exhibition @ Newbury Library
Jun 26 @ 8:00 am – 9:00 am
Abstract Reality Exhibition @ Newbury Library | England | United Kingdom
Abstract Reality Exhibition at Newbury Library Two
9:30 am Wednesday Rhymetime @ Wantage Li... @ Wantage Library
Wednesday Rhymetime @ Wantage Li... @ Wantage Library
Jun 26 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
Wednesday Rhymetime @ Wantage Library @ Wantage Library | United Kingdom
Wednesday Rhymetime @ Wantage Library Join in
9:45 am Computer Lessons for beginners @... @ Hungerford Library
Computer Lessons for beginners @... @ Hungerford Library
Jun 26 @ 9:45 am – 11:45 am
Computer Lessons for beginners @ Hungerford Library @ Hungerford Library | England | United Kingdom
Computer Lessons for beginners Every Wednesday morning
10:00 am Art Group @ Lambourn Library @ Lambourn Library
Art Group @ Lambourn Library @ Lambourn Library
Jun 26 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Art Group @ Lambourn Library @ Lambourn Library | Lambourn | England | United Kingdom
Art Group Every Wednesday, 10.00am-12.00pm at Lambourn

Sign up to the free weekly

Penny Post

e-newsletter 

for local, positive news, events, jobs, recipes, recommendations & more.

Covering: Hungerford, Marlborough, Wantage,   Lambourn, Newbury, Thatcham & Theale