What do Shotton honey bees do in the winter?

When winter temperatures drop below 10 °C, our honeybees don’t hibernate but retreat into their hives and form a cluster to keep warm — Just like a duvet day but for three-months.

Shotton Honey Bee

The long term outcome for an over wintering hive depends on how well the hive population has prepared for the cold, this could be based on how much honey has been stored and left in the hive but also blocking up gaps in the hive structure to prevent drafts. As our hive is relatively a young colony we have been feeding the bees to give them the possible chance to over winter successfully ,We also reduce the hive opening size to reduce drafts but also make it easier for the bees to defend their hive from wasps and mice.

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