There have been an increasing number of hive thefts this year. The St Albans group lost two complete hives in August from their Prae Wood apairy and as a consequence have moved all remaining hives to the St Albans group's other site. This was clearly not a random theft as both hives were full of bees and must have been stolen by someone that knows how to handle bees. The police have been informed.
One way to discourage theft of hive parts is to personalise them as Inga Armstrong has done with a rather interesting design. The technique is called pyrography and if anyone is interested then contact Inga via the St Albans group.