Attract bees to your garden

Help bees and make your garden look beautiful at the same time! Tips on how to attract pollinating insects to your garden > Aim to have plants that are attractive to pollinating insects in flower from early spring to late autumn. Winter flowering plants can also be of benefit. > Don’t pick dandelions in spring as these are one of the first food sources of the year for bees. > Encourage bees by keeping honeybees yourself. > Have nest boxes for bumble bees and other bugs or make a ‘bug hotel’ yourself using odd bits laying around the garden. Bees and other beneficial insects—ladybugs, butterflies, and predatory wasps—all need fresh water to drink but they need a landing pad to drink from. As the weather heats up in summer it can be challenging for our tiny friends to find a place for a good drink, but it’s easy to make the perfect bee watering hole. Line a shallow bowl or plate with rocks or marbles Add water, but leave rocks as dry islands to serve as landing pads. Place the bath at the ground level in your garden. (Put it near your bee friendly plants) Refresh the water often           Other ways to help bees   Support your local beekeepers   Learn more about bees and beekeeping Found a swarm?  Honeybees in a swarm are usually very gentle and present very little danger. They can be made aggressive if disturbed or sprayed with water. Just leave them alone and wait for a beekeeper to arrive. Contact your local beekeeper, find them on the BBKA website....

Limited Edition Ivy Honey

There is a new addition to the shelves at Quince Honey Farm –and once it’s gone it’s not known if or when it will be back. The ‘limited edition’ ivy honey is the rare product of this year’s milder winter season. Bees do not usually produce enough honey to harvest during the cold months, and many lose a proportion of their colony. But Quince Honey Farm’s Ian Wallace said this year had been so mild, beekeepers had been able to yield a crop of the special ivy honey. Read more about our limited Edition Ivy Honey > North Devon Gazette   OR   Daily Telegraph  To order some Ivy Honey please give us a ring on 01769 572401 or pop in to the shop (while stocks last)  ...

Have you spotted any PINK hives? In support of local breast cancer charities

Have you spotted any PINK hives? In support of local breast cancer charities PINK beehives have been popping up around North Devon thanks to a collaboration between Quince Honey Farm and two breast cancer charities. We have teamed up with Lisa Wallis who recently set up her charity, ChemoHero, and Heather Walters who is fundraising to set up a new cancer support centre in North Devon. As a result, the pink beehives can be seen around the area as a mark of support for the charities, and Quince Honey Farm will also be donating 50p to the charities for every customer who visits the farm over Easter. Look out for the hives near Roundswell and along the A361 North Devon link road.   Read more here      ...

Easter holiday fun!

We have lots going on this Easter holidays, with free chocolate for every child and a visit from the Easter bunny over the Easter weekend!  There will be something different happening everyday throughout the holiday as well as the usual daily activities such as guided tours of BeeWorld, talks, critter encounters, candle rolling, honey tasting and much more! For the first time we are doing beekeeping demos – allowing visitors to get even closer to the bees so everyone can see and experience beekeeping first hand. There’s nothing quite like the sound and smell of a beehive! Plus the kids can burn off some steam in the indoor and outdoor play areas while you enjoy a Devonshire cream tea with honey in the café. There will be special offers on in the shop where you can taste and purchase some delicious honeys. Make a Bee-Line for Quince Honey Farm this Easter!            ...