October 2017 marks the beginning of more sustainable living at Hadrian Lodge. We’re passionate when it comes to talking about the environment and sustainable living, what better way to prove it that taking care of our very own resident honey bees.
Here’s an interesting point, 75% of the worlds crops are only possible because of pollinating insects; without them we would struggle to put food on our tables. Unfortunately, 40% of these pollinators (especially bees) face extinction due to reducing numbers of colonies (see colony collapse disorder), and this is down to loss of habitat, parasites building immunity to control measures and pesticides used on farms to kill pests which are also harmful to honey bees.
“Without pollinators, many of us would no longer be able to enjoy coffee, chocolate and apples, among many other foods that are part of our daily lives,” said Simon Potts, Ph.D.
We are situated in an area filled with history and thankfully most of the land is preserved for this reason. Sadly the bees don’t have hundreds of crops to pollinate but at least they’re safe from those nasty pesticides!
During the Winter, the bees are pretty quiet but in the Summer its a hive of activity. With so much going on we like to make sure it’s all going well and an inspection is done almost every week. Guests and locals are welcome to come and view the inspection. We have a room which is ideally situated for viewing the process keeping you safely behind the glass for the duration of the checks (approximately 30 mins – 1 hour).
Not only does our maintenance of our bee hives help the local environment by providing bees with a home to pollinate gardens and parks, but by harvesting the honey from our very own hives, we can serve it at breakfast time and if you want to take a jar home with you, we also keep a small stock on site which you can buy. These little girls make up to 3 times more honey than they actually need over the course of a year so they really don’t mind when we draw some out for our guests, after all we’re doing everything we can to protect them.
We can’t wait for spring to come to get lots of wild flowers planted and bring nature to the forefront of our gardens!