I have a hive on an organic farm near Toller Porcorum.  Last time I looked it was doing fine. I visited today and found it overturned with all the brood frames emptied and scattered. I found one some yards away along a badger track and one is still missing. The hive is wiped out.  I have had bees there for several years and it is the first time this has happened. I have always known of the badger sett about 50 yards away; it’s big enough in which to lose half a class of school kids! The apiary is surrounded by stout wire sheep netting but I see that it has been lifted along one edge to allow the creatures to squeeze under.

I think that somewhere on the internet there’s a petition about badger culling. Maybe I should sign it!


About chrissladesbeeblog

I have been keeping bees since 1978 and currently have about a dozen hives. I am a member of the BBKA where for many years I represented Dorset at the Annual Delegates' Meeting. I am the co-author (with Dave MacFawn of of S. Carolina) of "Getting the Best from Your Bees" and am working on a book of my own poems : "Bee People".
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