Our story so far...
After researching the Honey Bee since 2012, Cove Honey Bees was set up in Spring 2014 with just one colony of bees. In 2015, we rapidly expanded from one initial hive bought in 2014 to having three apiary sites around the Aberdeen and Shire area giving us a wide range of different honey over the season. We now have just under 80 hives - 70% of them bred by ourselves. We take pride in this and if we do buy in bees and we buy local stock.
2017 saw the creation of the honey banana bread which has been extreamly popular and is now one of our most popular products along with our honey. You can buy them online on our website along with free range eggs and Castleton’s jam range.
2017/18 saw a change in what we do with our bees, from producing honey to doing crop pollination for Castleton Fruit Farm based at Fordoun, Laurenckirk. The bees are onsite in the cherry orchards from the end of April to the start of March. This is to ensure the crop is covered in this early flowering season. The bees love the 40 acres of blossom for the period of time it’s in flower, normally around 2-3 weeks with the different variety they have growing. This gives them a huge boost after winter as food stores are low and this allows them to build up ready for the blueberry pollination...it’s not only the blueberries and cherries the bees help pollinate, it’s the raspberries & strawberries too!
During the cherry blossom we concentrate on encouriging the queen bee to lay more eggs which means more bees for pollination. During this period, we take very little honey from the bees as they are using this to feed larva. As you can see from the picture on the right, it takes a good 23 days for the honey bee to actually become a forager, so we plan 23 days ahead of a flowering crop to ensure there are maximum foraging bees for maximum pollination.