Our Hives

Tony and Catherine at one of our apiaries, suited and ready to inspect the condition of the hives. Click on the links below to see the picture albums and find out more about how we produce our award winning honeys. Catherine & Tony.

Most of the hives are the National Hive, the most popular hive used in this area, big enough to accommodate our bees and yet small enough to handle.

Our Beehives are located here in The East Midlands of England, at our main apiaries at Charnwood Forest in Leicestershire, Derby City, South East Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and in the Peak District in North Derbyshire.
We have up to 50 colonies, with a total of about 2,500,000 bees supplying the best award winning local honey for our customers.

See photos from one of our apiaries…click here

The area around the bees is good for foraging with a good spring build up of early flowers such as Snowdrops, Crocus, Dandelion, Willow, Hazel, Sycamore, Horse Chestnut and Tree Fruit Blossom.

When the surrounding fields turn yellow towards the end of April there is good flow of Oil Seed Rape producing a good yield. This honey is then extracted and the bees continue to fill the replacement empty honey supers with the summer honey of Clover, Lime, Field Bean, Soft Fruit Blossom, Rose Bay Willow Herb, Bramble to name just a few of the plants surrounding the hives, followed by a visit to the Borage Fields at the end of June.

When the main honey flow is nearly over towards the end of July, the strong colonies with plenty of young foraging bees are cleared down to empty honey supers again and prepared with travel screens and straps and taken to the Peak District in Derbyshire where they are put in an area surrounded by 100’s of acres of heather just coming out.
In August the Derbyshire hills are turned into a colourful purple when the bees and the grouse share the Ling Heather together.
The Heather honey has to be pressed out because it will not extract in the usual way due to its viscosity being to thick.
This takes a lot of effort but it is well worth it because of the best quality honey appreciated by the customers at The Honey Pot.

To see more photos from our apiary in the Peak District… click here

Borage is being grown by some farmers to produce a special seed used in the medical world, it contains an essential fatty acid called GLA (Gamma Linoleic Acid).
By taking our hives to his crops it can increase his yield by 25%, in return for our effort we get a watery clear honey that is popular with children and adults alike. This crop comes in to flower early July and the fields can be seen more to the East of England

Bee gathering nectar, for more about the trip to the, Borage…click here

And finally, when we do the large shows we often take our observation hive along to show the public what goes on inside a normal beehive. The bees are allowed to fly while at the shows through the tube leading to the outside. We make sure that we bring them all home again safely by putting a one way bee valve between the entrance of the hive and the tube about one hour before we are to leave. This allows all of the flying bees to return and stops any more from leaving. Some times we stay over night and close them up when the last bee has returned.

For information and more photos of our observation beehive…click here

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