10th July is not only a Friday this year, but also national 'Don't step on a Bee Day'!
Yes, there really is a day for everything nowadays, but why does it matter we hear you ask?
We have a simple equation to illustrate: A + B = C
A is for Agriculture & Apples
B is for Bees & Brewing
C is for Colcombe House Cider!
Bees are particularly important to us at Colcombe House Ciders.
Without the busy bees we couldn't naturally pollinate our cider apples, and that is a very important job.
Which Bees are Best?
At Colcombe House we think everybody is important. Whether it's the bees pollinating our orchards, seasonal workers harvesting, our team of specialist cider brewers or the fulfillment team delivering to your door. Just like a bee hive, everyone at Colcombe House has their own role to play, ensuring you have a crisp, refreshing cider at the end of the day.
A University of Reading study on apple orchards recently found that:
"More than 25 different species of bee and hoverfly were seen on apple flowers in commercial orchards... Honeybees were remarkably common, even though most orchard[s] had no hives in them! The most abundant species ... were wild Andrenid bees. These guys are solitary bees that live in holes in the ground and... orchards are one of their favourite habitats."
This supports our philosophy that all the bees and insects in our orchards have important roles to play, some more useful than others.
We were particularly surprised to find that the solitary, ground dwelling Andrenid bees are some of the most common pollinators in apple orchards.
What can you do to help?
Poor bees are having a rather tough time of it already, without us stepping on them too. At this time of year many bees are out gathering sweet nectar from blooms and blossoms in your garden and the countryside.
Please try to take care when walking in orchards, grasslands or meadows. There may be a humble bumble bee emerging from his burrow (yes they live underground) or a hovering honey bee sipping nectar from low lying flowers.
Other things you can do:
Let your garden grow wild
Cut grass less often
Don’t disturb insect nests & hibernation spots
Try and not use pesticides
Enjoy the fruits of our busy bee's labor