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The bees are here

Travelling box placed on stand and shielded from the sun and windAt last, on Saturday, we picked up our bees. A quick round trip to Ascot made us the proud possessors of a 5-frame nucleus. Wedged carefully in the boot, they travelled well and we all arrived back to Dorset safely. We placed the travelling box on the floor of the hive in the chosen spot and shielded them from the sun and wind by propping the roof against it. After leaving them to settle down for just a little while Sally gently pulled out the foam stopper and set them free at last. In just a few moments the first intrepid bee made her way out, soon followed by some more of her sisters. Several minutes later there were many bees hovering outside orienting themselves.

Sally sets them freeWe left them to it for a while and went into town for some shopping. When we returned the bees were pretty active, mostly going straight to the cherry tree in full blossom that is just a few yards away from the hive. Although the weather was excellent (if a little windy) the forecast was for cool, unsettled weather with rain over the next few days at least. So we decided that we would hive them into their new accommodation that evening. More details to follow.
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