Petersfield beekeepers are blessed by living in an area of very varied forage. Situated at the western end of the Weald where the North and South Downs meet, soil types and landscape vary from alkaline to acid, river valley and meadow to wooded hillsides, heath, downs and agricultural land. Settled since prehistoric times and at the junction of two major travel routes, man has also had an impact on the plants growing in our area.
Plants introduced and cultivated by man are important sources of nectar and pollen outside the flowering times of native species. On warm sunny days in winter bees will visit gorse flowering beside the A3 and M27 and winter flowering shrubs and herbaceous plants flowering in our gardens. A pollen guide can be found here
February 13 2019
Our first fine, warm afternoon. The bees are busy on all the spring bulbs, shrubs & small trees. In my garden that includes several Hamamelis Mollis and a large Parottia the deep maroon flowers of which they are working for a buff pollen.