- Jan 8, 2020
- Reaction score
- Bracklesham Bay, West Sussex
- Hive Type
- Number of Hives
- It's a fairly fluid thing.... more than 10, less than 15
I think you should see the replies for what they are. Genuine shock and horror to how you chose to dispose of your bees. To make them suffer for two hours while they died is pretty bad don’t you think? I get that you felt you needed to do something but you’ve posted before about these bees so I’m puzzled as to why you haven’t rectified the situation before.Okay, I'll try to explain one last time: enclosing the bees was an emergency response, in preparation for obtaining CO2: I was genuinely not anticipating they would expire without any further intervention before I could arrange that.
Bees in garden? My garden is large, and when the apiary was established, backed onto fields. Over the past year, some new houses have been built where previously there were no houses.
As for criticism of mentor, that is really not fair: over the course of the past two years the pandemic has severely limited the ability of many older folk to mix, and so I have had less 'education' than I'd have liked. But the mistake was all mine.
In general terms, I regret posting this here: the responses are as upsetting as the event. IMHO, some actually border on cyber bullying when you don't know the mental state of the person on the receiving end. The written word is potentially very damaging.
So I'm done trying to justify myself: from the outset I said that I found this pretty awful. If there is experience here that can improve the bees' lot, then I'd be grateful of that, but at the moment I'm dissuaded from further posting, for fear that the response is ridicule and personal attack.
The pandemic is not an excuse…. My mentor has MS so has been shielding but we’ve still managed to (socially distance) view the hives together and she’s always been available to talk.
And there’s a ton of advice on this forum.
I’m sad for the loss of a colony that could have been requeened.