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Find out about our honeybees at Milton Park

Published on: 27/05/2020

Did you know that Milton Park is home to two beehives and a single colony of honey bees?

They are managed by our landscape contractor, Nurture Landscapes and are located on the edge of the Park boundary in a secluded and secure spot.

The hives are handmade in the UK from sustainably sourced Cedar from Wales.

The type of hive is made-up of a number of sections with the outer part or lifts forming a protective layer to aid heat control.IMG_9677

The colony is made up of The Queen, the workers (the females) and the drones (male).

The Queen lays up to 1,000 eggs per day at the peak of her season laying an egg every 20 seconds. She is fed, cleaned and watered by workers, never collecting honey or pollen.

Unlike other bee species, honey bees do not hibernate, instead they fluctuate and control their colony size dependant on the room available within a hive but most importantly, by the season and resulting flow of honey and nectar. Spare honey is stored for winter food, while pollen is used as protein based food, mainly for the young. Bees also collect propolis, or tree sap, which they use to waterproof the hive.

David Taylor, Nurture Landscapes said: "Managing the hives at Milton Park is essential to ensure the health of our honey bees. A number of diseases and practices can put honey bees' health in jeopardy.

"As honey bees are very efficient foragers, they never travel far from the hive to collect the resources they need. Honey bees will travel up to three miles, although recent studies have found colonies travelling up to 10 miles. If you live close to the Park, you may be visited by our bees in your garden!

"Our hives are regularly inspected by the National Bee Unit by a local Bee inspector. If anyone would like to find out more about our honeybees, we would be happy to assist."

Nurture Landscapes is registered with the Bee Keepers Association and only uses qualified beekeepers in the management of our apiary."

IMG_9681To find out more about beekeeping, visit The British Beekeepers Association's website: http://www.bbka.org.uk.

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