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madasafish 

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Ivy is an irrelevance here.. Far too late and too cold for bees when it flowers -.
I have seen August- September being washouts before now.. so always plan to feed as hives full of stores end July can be half empty by now as the bees consume them all.

(which is why I tend to be dismissive of the "don't feed bees sugar " enthusiasts - who surprisingly enough tend to live in warmer lowland parts of the UK, sometimes visited by the Gulf Stream or the warm Channel waters...where ivy flowers when it is warm and bees are flying..)

Sorry.. will get down from my hobby horse.
 

Karol 

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The statistical correlation between Grand Solar Minima and weather is unproven.. Volcanic activity is the major factor. Think dust clouds in the atmosphere reducing solar radiation at ground level..
A 1000 fold reduction in eUV during solar minima will absolutely affect the weather.
 

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