I took on the management of Chorleywood Common Local Nature Reserve in 2018. In 2020 we discovered two wild honey bee colonies residing in trees on site. Prior to their discovery we had created and installed a log hive to provide suitable honey bee accommodation, so to find the existing colonies was a real thrill! The plan is to continually monitor for other wild colonies, install further log hives as additional potential colony sites and collect data about each colony found. This data feeds into a wider international project to monitor wild colonies and gain understanding about natural varroa mite resistance.
Daniel du Gard
Naturally Occupied Nests
Monitoring and habitat creation. 200 acres