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Poly Hive 

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Just been up in the high Derbyshire countryside for three days R&R and the Ling is popping out.

If you ain't on the moor yet you are cutting it fine....

PH
 

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We have just seen the same thing today and it looks like I need to move quick.
 

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I am very jealous. Heather honey is the best. This is the only time of year i am sorry I live in London.
 

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I may well be one of the only beekeepers in the UK who doesn't like the taste of heather honey. Philistine. Sorry.
 

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No , you are most definitely not alone , too strong for my taste!
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Whether or not you like it is academic, the point is to actually get some, which is tricky, and it sells for the top price. ;)

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Have you got any colonies on it this year PH ?
Is it looking like an ok year ?
 

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No. I am still seeking a moor which is properly mamaged and may have found one this weekend.

Prospects are good I would say as the recent rain is good timing and so with the water there to become nectar all we need is some warm humid weather.

PH
 

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cant see anything flowering above Sheffield as yet, maybe need a trip, bees due to be moved early next week
 

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I would check it out as I was surprised at how early it was coming out on the High Peaks.

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Am I right in thinking a sizeable amount of heather moor has been lost in the UK on account of the decline in grouse shooting? As in, overgrown by bracken?
 

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I would check it out as I was surprised at how early it was coming out on the High Peaks.

PH
Just been, its out, not full on yet mind.

Busy weekend ahead :)
 

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There is lots of heather here just a mile as the crow/bee flies.
Would bees find the heather that far away?
Most of the forage has gone save the garden flowers (I'm a couple of miles from a reasonable town)
 
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Yes the bees will have no problem with a mile and they will even go to Kendal if its worth the extra distance.
It should be interesting for you as you may have a reasonable amount of heather around you the only problem distance and sudden change in the weather.
 

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:cheers2:
Took a look up there yesterday and there are bees on the flowers. Wonder if any are mine :)
Also lots of bilberries :)
 
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