Beekeepers preparing for pollination keen to put shocker season behind them

They forage for nectar as their source of carbohydrates and then convert it into honey and pollen for protein.

It is a fine line though; if it is too hot, the hives get stressed and this is exactly what has happened earlier this year after Australia's warmest summer on record.

The dry, hot conditions were disastrous for beekeepers across the country, resulting in one of the worst honey seasons in decades.

Beekeepers have since resorted to hand-feeding hives over winter, using pollen supplements and a mixture of sugar and water.

It has been an expensive exercise for Nicola and Robbie Charles at Blue Hills Honey in Tasmania's north-west.

Key points:
  • Australia's warmest summer on record earlier this year was a disaster for beekeepers
  • Beekeepers have been hand-feeding their bees over winter
  • Bees are being sent out to pollinate fruit, nut, and vegetable crops ahead of honey collection​

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