Spring conditions 2022

Alf Brugman Beekeeping Blog

The wet conditions during this spring has made it very difficult for bees to have enough flight time to access flowers to gather pollen and nectar. This means that most hives have very little honey left from winter stores and are struggling to maintain high populations necessary to collect a surplus of nectar. Let’s hope that we get sunny days soon so that bees can catch up. Prospects for big honey yields are quite limited because many of the usual eucalypt species have put their energy into growing lots of new leaf growth and not into buds and flowers. In this new era of climate change , it is becoming increasingly difficult to harvest as much honey as we did in the past. We keep going however because we love the bees and remain confident that we will continue to enjoy working with them.