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Marlpit Bees Ready For Winter

bees_wrapped_up-x768Our bee hives are wrapped up and ready for winter. Green woodpeckers love to feast on honey in cold weather, so we have wrapped the hives in wire mesh to stop them. Bricks and stones on the roofs should prevent the hives blowing over and the entrances have been partly blocked to keep out any mice looking for somewhere to nest.

On mild days the worker bees can still be seen bringing in last minute supplies, but on most days during the winter they will be clustered together with the queen in the centre. They vibrate their wing muscles to maintain the temperature of the cluster at 35˚C.

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