North East beekeeping is known for harsh winters and I work all Summer long to raise happy healthy bees, but there are no guarantees they'll make it through the winter or that there will be a honey surplus the first year.
OTHER WAYS YOU CAN HELP….
There are many positive actions you can take to help bees:
Avoid the use of toxic chemicals (including pesticides, herbicides and fungicides) in your garden. Use certified organic garden products and natural pest strategies instead – they are safer, more economical and environmentally friendly.
Grow a bee-attracting garden with plants rich in nectar and pollen that bees love to feed on to encourage them to pollinate your food crops.
Provide fresh water in a small bowl for bees to access, bees can’t swim, so add something for them to stand on when drinking.
Buy local honey to support small beekeepers maintain hives and biodiversity.
Swap your lawn for a food garden or natural bee habitat. Flowers, herbs and vegetables provide a rich source of food for bees.
Buy organic fresh produce to support organic farmers and avoid genetically modified crops.
Start keeping bees at home – both urban and rural environments need bees.