Early Reminder- taking Hives to the Heather in 2020

HBA members have the privilege of taking their colonies between July and October to the Forestry England (formerly the Forestry Commission) enclosures in the New Forest in order to benefit from the heather when other forage is slim.

The old hands know the procedure but any potential newcomers who fancy a trip down to the Forest and the challenge of dealing with a different type of honey need to plan now. This will allow plenty of time for preparation and a reconnaissance thus avoiding a last-minute panic. The sites available are spread throughout the New Forest with variable ease of access: I will send you a list of the sites available when they are released by the Forestry England.

YOU MUST TAKE STRONG AND HEALTHY COLONIES, FREE OF ANY DISEASE AND WITH PLENTY OF CAPPED BROOD READY TO EMERGE ON SITE AND THUS A YOUNG, ENERGETIC WORKFORCE BRINGING IN THE NECTAR.

What to do next to obtain a New Forest Heather Permit:

  • If this is your first application for a permit, contact me asp – deadline 1 June 2020.
  • If you took bees to the Forest last year you will automatically be sent an application form in May.
  • If you took bees last year but do not intend doing so this year, please let us know.

COSTS IN 2019 WERE:

Each hive:£3.85 set by Forestry England (probably a tad higher in 2020)
HBA administration fee:£2.50 (£3.00 in 2020)
Refundable enclosure key deposit:£30.00

One last point: if you wish to take under 5 hives I may have to ask you to share a key.

For more information please email Jim