As Honey Bees gather pollen and nectar for their colony, they pollinate a large variety of crops such as top fruits and soft fruits, arable crops like oil seed rape, field beans, borage and many more varieties of plants and trees. Round about 2/3 of our food is dependent on pollination and there are plants and trees which would not produce any fruit without insect pollination.
The increased size of today’s fields and orchards along with the high costs incurred using artificial fertilisers mean that farmers should be looking to consider the benefits of managed pollination. Putting the correct number of managed Beehives into or around these crops guarantees pollination. It also increases yield and provides better quality fruit. Most feral Honey Bee Colonies have been lost to varroa, yet another reason that pollination management has become increasingly important to the people and the environment.
All this is also possible in a much smaller scale, like for example, in a garden or small orchard. If just one Beehive is placed in your desired area, you will have a better crop of all kinds of fruit and vegetables. Ok, it also depends on the weather and type of plant, but Honey Bees will help to get the best result for you, that is for sure.
Do you need some help with the pollination of your crop?
As long as you do not use harsh chemicals before and while my pollination service is running. All I am asking for is the following: Enough safe space to place the appropriate number of Beehives and that there is no risk for nearby living people. If all of it is guaranteed, my Honey Bees and I will be more than happy to do the job for you. No matter if you are a farmer, a community garden or a hobbyist with a small garden or orchard, I can offer a pollination service tailored to your needs.
What is the maximum size of area you can cover?
I do not have hundreds of Beehives and my resources are limited due to the fact that I am running my apiaries as sustainable as possible. I can cover a few nice sized fields without any problem while keeping my services up and running for medium and small sized areas.
How much does it cost?
You will be positively surprised how affordable it is!
It always depends on the number of Beehives you need and the distance I have to travel each week to inspect them. There will be a minimum of one inspection per week, but I always do at least two inspections to make sure that my Honey Bee Colonies are well. All I can say is that you will be more than satisfied with the result, as long as mother nature is not getting angry and the weather is playing nicely!
I would like to get some more information or/and a quote. When will be the best time to contact you and are there any risks involved?
That is a tricky question and I am glad that you are asking.
Beekeeping is a seasonal job and very dependent on nature’s mood. The season ends in the autumn when preparation for the wintertime are running at its highest. The Honey harvest is done, and Bee-disease and pest control is nearly finished. The Bee Colonies are monitored on a fortnightly basis to assure that there is enough storage for the bees to stay strong and healthy until the springtime, when the honey flow sets in again and they can gather new resources. Then there is the wintertime, which is always a big gamble. Each single Beekeeper is doing his best to prepare the Bee Colonies for the Winter. We can have a mild winter and the bees are using up their resources very fast. Followed by a very long and wet spring when the weather is changing on a daily basis and the nectar flow is setting in very late. Winter losses are always unpredictable, and all we as Beekeepers can do is to try to get the Colonies through those hard times. In this case, we have to feed our bees to keep them strong and healthy. The winter losses from December 2017 to April 2018 were very high, and that in the whole of Britain and Europe. The spring was very wet and cold and even most of the bees had more than enough storage, many Colonies have died because of the extreme temperatures and endless rain. The first Beehive Inspections were done in mid/end April, instead of February/March time. Luckily, the weather turned out great and a lot of Colonies did catch up from the end of May onwards. Nature was at least three weeks behind schedule and the bees were struggling.
The best for both of us is the following. Please send me a message via the Contact Form as early as possible and provide me with as many details about your required Pollination Service as you can. I will get back in touch with you and we can discuss the matter further. I am always willing to get things sorted and work very close with each of my customers.
Try it, you will see the difference!