Taking Bees to the Heather

Hampshire Beekeepers’ Association is privileged to have an arrangement allowing us to take hives to selected sites in the New Forest during the heather season, which is between July and October. The benefits to beekeepers are that some wonderful heather honey is gathered, and that brood chambers are full; a good way to start winter. Choice of sites is on a first come basis; ‘old hands’ will have their own favourite location.
If you think you want to try, remember you will need strong and healthy colonies, free of disease, and with lots of capped brood ready to produce a young and energetic work force on site. There is a small charge per hive plus a deposit for a site key.
Details have been sent to all Hampshire beekeeping associations. If you are interested in taking your bees to the heather, please ask your association secretary for details.