Chichester Harbour Conservancy’s long-term Harbour Honey project has reached its first milestone. A colony of bees that has been resident on Thorney Island since last summer, has produced enough surplus honey to allow over 40lbs to be collected by beekeeper Colin Falla.
Honey bees are an important part of the Harbour’s ecosystem as vital pollinators of both wild flowers and crops. Unfortunately, UK honey bee populations are in decline due to habitat loss, pesticides and parasites. The Harbour Honey project aims to support the honey bee population by providing hives and husbandry and to raise awareness of the importance of their conservation. The project received support from the Sustainable Development Fund and the Friends of Chichester Harbour towards start-up costs, but aims to be self-funding with any profits contributing to habitat management projects.
Harbour Honey is pure, raw honey that is filtered but not pasteurised and has come from a single hive within the Chichester Harbour Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Harbour Honey can be purchased from the Harbour Office, Itchenor, and will be on sale at various events in the area. The supply this year is limited but we have high hopes for a plentiful season in 2015.
If you are interested in learning more about the project, or honey and beekeeping in general, why not come along to hear Colin Falla give a talk on Thur 18 Sept at 7pm, The Stables, Eames Farm, Thorney Island, £3 including refreshments. Click here for more details.