Hello. this morning I finally found the courage to clear my hive of my dead colony. I am so sad that my bees have not survived my very first winter as a bee keeper. I reached out to my local beekeepers association (I’m in Hertfordshire) and they told me that this winter has resuited in a high percentage of lost colonies. They also advised me not to try to get a colony this year as colonies will come at a premium. I attach photos in case anyone can help me find out what happened. Also should I attempt to get a colony? My mentor got me a colony last year but his work commitment means that he is too busy to help. Thank you.