“Where do your bees collect nectar and pollen from?” is a question I’ve been asked a lot recently, and it’s a good question.
Nectar is what bees turn into honey by adding special enzymes to it and reducing the water content. This is their staple food stuff. Pollen is collected as a source of protein to feed young bees.
Honey bees will travel up to three miles to forage on plants, collecting nectar and pollen as they go. It takes the lifetime of 12 bees to make one teaspoon full of honey, so you can see how much work goes into making honey and why it has been prized by man throughout history.
The map below shows a circle with a three-mile radius to give you an idea of the kind of ground my bees will cover to collect honey and pollen. This covers gardens, allotments, parkland, pasture, golf clubs, river banks, railway lines and even a bit of farmland. This means the honey will be a mix of whatever is in greatest supply at the times the bees store it.
As a result, the colour and flavour of the honey can be different at different stages of the season. But I can assure you – it’s all equally delicious.