It did, in several areas the heather was bare and keepers didn't take their bees. Usually these are "let alone" un-managed areas that are worse affected.Patrick wrote: ↑05 Nov 2019, 14:38Wonder if those 40 heather apiary sites represent locations used seasonally and more historically.
I have heard of folk down with issues of summer drought and heather beetle affecting the viability of transporting hives to the moors. Don't know how true that is in practice.
One of the moors I'm was quite badly affected by the beetle, but still plenty of pinkk stuff around. The problem this year was the weather in August was atrocious with few flying days. My heather harvest is about 1/3 of what I would normally expect.
And no the 40 apiaries won't include any on the moor I'm on as I have sole access to it at the moment...might include a couple on adjacent moors but I only know of 3 sites elsewhere that are in seasonal use.