There are lots of stories in the press about the declining numbers of honey bees, and how important bees are as pollinators in the garden, and I'd really like to encourage more bees into my garden.
I have planted lots of purple plants and this year we have more bees than ever before, a few honey bees, but mainly the larger bumble bees.
Whilst I would like to keep honey bees for environmental reasons, I'm not bothered about the honey, if I left the honey in the hives would the bees just stay there forever? Could I just leave them to get on and do there own thing or is there more to it than that?
It's difficult to get any advice from the locals around here, I live in quite a rural yet industrially farmed area and attempts to find bee keepers in the area who can advise have so far proved fruitless.
I have searched online and there are people selling queen bees, I'm not sure how queen bees are delivered by post, but I imagine I would need more than a queen bee and a hive to get going?