24th September 2012: The weather over the last two days has been horrendous. It has rained very heavily for twenty-four hours. Not a long time, but long enough to, more or less, fill pools and ponds that had been previously emptied. On Sunday morning, I was walking across a dried-up southern pool, and a pond opposite the scrap yard, checking-out the various animal foot prints. In the afternoon, the rain came down in sheets washing away all sign of them in minutes.

This morning, the rain was even worse. The River Stour has risen to within a couple of hundred millimeters of overflowing onto the marsh.

The nest is so exposed that I expected the bees to have been washed away by the rain. This was not the case, though; they were still there this evening, busily filling cells with honey. Wasps zoomed in and out to steal the honey, but the bees didn’t seem to mind at all. The bees were so docile that I felt I could easily stroke them without getting stung – I might have been wrong and suffered terribly for my folly if I had tried!

Standing there watching them, I felt that the little fellas were having a hard time of it. As I have mentioned before, I don’t feel that the colony will survive in this exposed location. So I called a beekeeper and arranged to have them relocated on Wednesday evening. I would like to keep them on the marsh, but as we all know, bees are in short supply at the moment.


9 Comments on “Beeware!

    • This is what wildlife wardening is all about, Phil: the welfare of fauna and flora, and the environment in which they live.

    • Thanks, Gary. There is a fine line between conservation and unnecessary interference with the way things are. To be perfectly honest, I wouldn’t normally intervene in a situation such as this; I would leave the bees’ fate in the capable hands of nature. However, bees are on the short side at the moment so, on balance, I feel that saving them is probably the right action to take.

      The queen is not up to the job; she should have picked a sheltered place. There must be a suitable hollow tree close by, where the bees would be be able to build their nest. The nest is only four feet off the ground, well within paw range of honey loving foxes and badgers. It could be argued that I am robbing an animal of a nutritious meal.

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