Our hive on Thorney Island appears to have survived the wet and stormy winter intact. On still days the bees are out flying, gathering both pollen and nectar. The quantity of pollen going into the hive indicates that the Queen is almost certainly producing brood.
It's a bit early still to open up the hive and see how much stores are left, but there is a good quantity of tree blossom open at the moment to help replenish (and of course oilseed). The only issue comes if the rapidly growing colony gets locked into the hive for a few weeks by wet stormy weather. At least the weather in the next week looks quite favourable.
We don't expect any swarms yet for a few weeks - depending on the weather but we have plenty of hives ready to fill when they come!
Chichester Harbour Conservancy
Harbour Office Itchenor PO20 7AW