This 130 yr. old Beech Tree was a casualty of storm Eustice, which hit the UK in Feb 22. The 2500 acre private estate is currently the location for a rewilding project, with 3 Eco Tree Hives, a known natural tree cavity and a number of out buildings, occupied by feral colonies. This stunning tree happens to be next to the estates main house and a tree I have stood under in search of a possible occupied tree cavity.
But 'NOBODY KNEW IT WAS THERE' until the storm bought down the tree and the groundsmen started logging it. The plan is to use a tractor and front loader, cut out the main nest area and relocate the cutout into nearby woods.
There are 2 entrances to the cavity and bees were spotted carrying in pollen so there is every chance that this colony should survive. [update: 2 months later and the bees are still alive and thriving in their cut our section]
Having only searched a small part of the estates 750 acres of untouched woodland, it makes you wonder how many other colonies exist within the estate grounds?
22 Feb 2022
Total reported by simon is 6