Winter hive losses in North Herts

At our monthly meeting this week, 10th April, at which 19 members were present, we carried out a 'Straw poll' concerning hive losses experienced this season. On average we reckoned that there had been 30% losses over the winter period. Some beekeepers had lost as much as 80%, and some, not many, had lost no colonies at all. Some bees had totally absconded, but other hives had just had dead bees, but ample food. We did not have any general explanation, as most keepers had used a variety of treatments, and there was no direct link to losses experienced.

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