Our beehives at Broadacre fit in with our policy of making the garden a haven for wildlife. We do not manage them intensively and try to leave them with winter stores that are mainly their own honey.
The place where we keep them is a little too exposed and that has caused problems in the past. We have planted winter-flowering cherries to give a dappled shade in the summer and we have planted a hedge of Lonicera nitida (Box Honeysuckle) to give shelter from the wind.
As well as our hives we also have a wild bees nest in one of our chimneys. They don't give us any problems and it is good to see them persisting year after year without any help from us.