My rain gauge tells me that we have had 85mm (about 3.5 “) of rain in the last couple of days and I can hear it chucking it down as I type. Flood levels in the village are creating new records. I’m a bit worried about some hives. One at Frampton, about 3 miles downstream from me is within 50 yards of the river, which I know has burst its banks. The field it is in is very flat so there’s lots of spreading room for the water but, on the other hand, it is in a very rushy, gushy mood. My hive is on a stand giving about a foot of clearance but I very much doubt if that’s enough. A friend shares the site and has more hives there than I have. The field is regularly grazed and so the apiary has wire netting around it so it is possible that this will prevent stuff being washed downstream.
Another site at Kingcombe is not much higher than and about 20 yards from the River Hooke. This one should be ok as it is a top bar hive and its stand raises it so the top bars are about belly high.
I’m rather worried about my site at Ourganics at Litton Cheney, not about the hive as much as the other hives and, most of all, the people! This hive, again, is a TBH and should be ok, but other people have hives there as well, much nearer the ground. The land used to be water meadows and has a river passing by top and bottom and a stream running through, as well as a couple of ponds. It’s very flat. My friend Pat lives there in a wooden shed with no mains services and a lass who works for her occupies a tiny vardo next to the stream. The adjacent field is a fishing lake anyway. It’s likely to get very moist there. The river is the Brit and on the news (and facebook) much is made of the flooding at Burton Bradstock only a couple of miles downstream on the same river.
Pat’s main living is from her permacultural garden and massive polytunnel. I wonder how they’ll fare with all the water. I shall try to get there tomorrow to see if she needs a hand.
Updating, this morning’s check on the rain gauge raised the 2 day total to 110mm or almost 4.5 inches. Those of my own hives that I checked were ok but, in the same apiaries, at Litton, Pat’s WBC was completely overturned. I righted it for her and saw the queen but most of the workers were gone. At Frampton, one of Glenn’s Nationals had been washed off its stand and was 6 feet or more away, against the fence. Bees were flying strongly from a vent in the roof.