Bee Hive Theft!

Very sad and surprising to report that between Sunday afternoon and this afternoon, an attempt was made to steel our two bee hives.This is so sad after so much effort from our volunteer beekeeper Rod this year to set up and settle down the bees.

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The offenders evidently thought they were strong enough to carry a fully stocked bee hive through a woodland area in the dark – this was a mistake indeed as the main hive was found spread around the ground, our puzzled bees staying close by due to the chilly temperature. One spare hive has however disappeared completely.

On a positive note, Rod successfully re-assembled one hive in the hope that the all important queen bee made it through unscathed, this wasn’t an easy task as the bees, as you can imagine, weren’t best pleased by their autumn disturbance. We have now to wait until the spring to see if the colony as a whole survives.

We shall of course be reviewing future security of the hives, as it appears 10,000 sharp tailed bees isn’t deterrent enough! If you hear anything that could lead to the return of our stolen hive, or indeed have a spare, unused hive that we could use for next season, please do get in touch, we’d love to hear from you.

Gary Webb, Head of Landscape & Garden, Compton Verney. 01926 645535

 

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6 thoughts on “Bee Hive Theft!

  1. Rosanna

    I’m horrified Gary. I hope they were stung badly! Let me know if there is no sign of the Queen and if Rod can’t get another one. I am attempting to overwinter a grumpy one year old in a nuc. You could have her until you can requeen in the Spring if you need her. Wishing you all well and stay calm!!

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    1. Grounds Team Post author

      Thanks for the suggestion Rosanna, I shall pass that on to Rod today and see what he thinks. I’ll certainly get in touch if he’d like to take up the offer. We’re all OK otherwise, apart from fact that Rod collected a few stings through his gloves whilst repositioning the remaining hive. Onwards and upwards eh! Gary

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      1. Rosanna

        Just a couple of further thoughts. I hope you are taking this to the police. This may have happened before to other local beekeepers. Also Rod will have organised insurance for the bees, I hope this will include the theft of hive parts then CV won’t need to pay for them. Just imagine how stung the thieves will have been!

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      2. Grounds Team Post author

        Oh yes, it has all been reported, and we’re doing what we can to publicise this locally – the word is getting out so to speak. Good thoughts though, and thanks for the tip. I think many of us still can’t believe it, but we’re as committed as ever to making our bee keeping a success!

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