Buzzing about our Bluestone Honey

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We're very excited to announce the launch of our very own Bluestone Honey, produced by Buzby Bee's friends! 

Bluestone Honey is produced at the on-site apiary and sold in the Bluestone village store. The Bluestone Apiary was originally set up in 2018 and currently has three hives, each of which has approximately 50,000 bees at the height of the season.

Each hive has one queen, who is responsible for laying up to 2,000 eggs a day, a few hundred drones (male bees) whose role is to mate with new queens and the rest are all non-laying female ‘worker’ bees who look after the queen and the young, keep the hive clean, build wax comb, forage for nectar (to make honey), pollen, propolis and water. The queen is the mother of all the bees in the hive.

There are some 250 species of bee in the UK, 24 are bumble bees and most of the rest are solitary bees. The Honey Bee (Apis Mellifera), is the only honey producing bee in the UK.

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Many people do not realise how important bees are to the environment, as they are a major pollinator, with over 80% of wild flowers and 84% of cultivated crops needing insect pollination in order to reproduce. It is estimated that about one third of all food eaten in the UK would not be available without bees.

The foraging season is quite short in the UK with a few weeks in the spring when the bees bring in early nectar from Dandelion, Hawthorn, Blackthorn, fruit tree blossom, etc. In the summer, for about six weeks, the bees typically forage on Blackberry blossom, Clover and Rosebay Willowherb, amongst others; each giving the honey its distinct flavour.

The honey produced at the apiary is raw honey, which means there is minimal processing to get it from the hive to the jar, ensuring the essential elements of the honey, such as pollen, are left for you to enjoy!

Pick up a jar during your next break from the Giftorium in the Serendome or from Newton Stores, it'll make the perfect present!

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