This year we have taken up bee keeping and introduced two hives into the valley at the vineyard. We have always been interested in bee keeping and with the numbers in decline it has become more important to do what we can to maintain this essential workforce within nature. As we continue our transition to organic farming it was the perfect time to introduce the bees as we work towards building a better environment.
We have an abundance of woodland and wild flowers throughout the property here at Clos Vieux Rochers and along with planting over 600 lavender plants on the terraces, there will be plenty of pollen and nectar for them to collect.
As the bees settled in the numbers have been increasing rapidly and we hope to add the suppers to the top of each hive as summer approaches with the hope that we will harvest a little honey this year.
The travel hives were left on top of the new hives for two hours for the bees to become acclimatized.
Each of the frames are inspected before being placed into the new hive along with two fresh frames.
The bees are all settled in and working hard on growing the colonies and hopefully lots of honey.
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