Dawn Wilson, Director at Burrough Court, commented “We have learned such a lot from a local beekeeper who has sited some of his hives on a secluded piece of our land. He tells me that last year we saw a catastrophic decline in honey production due to the low temperatures experienced. Bees need the air temperature to exceed 15 degrees C before even considering to venture out and pollinate, and last year, the weather was so appalling that he had to provide the bees with an external supply of honey in order to increase their chances of survival. So it was a real bonus to receive any jars of honey at all!”.
As well as keeping a watchful eye on the welfare of their bees, Burrough Court recruited the help of the RSPB in 2012 to conduct a bird audit on the farm. Their intention is to provide the very best environment in which to encourage further bird life to visit neighbouring farmland and protect our natural species.
Dawn Wilson concluded “The report from the first part of the audit has been received and we have been delighted to see that a number of birds that are of medium and high conservation concern have been identified on the farm. For example, Linnet, Yellowhammers, Grey Partridge and Skylark are all of high conservation concern as these species have declined by upto 50% over the last 25 years. All these species have been recorded on our farm which is very encouraging”.