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Tens of thousands of bees discovered at historic Hopwood Hall

Tens of thousands of honey bees have been discovered at the historic Hopwood Hall in Middleton, as large bee hives were recently found behind some of the boarded up windows.

Expert beekeepers were on hand to help move the bees, estimating there were about 40-50,000 in the colony – with Hopwood DePree, who has an exclusive deal with the council to rescue the 12th century manor, admitting he is afraid of bees.



After removing the boards, massive pieces of honeycomb were discovered, covered by thousands of the bees. The hexagonal cells are created by the bees to store larvae, honey and nectar.

Honey bees create honey to store food over the cooler months when there are fewer flowers for them to forage from. Each bee creates around one-twelfth of a teaspoon of honey in its lifetime.


We smoke them out.

Smoke interferes with the bees’ sense of smell, preventing them from detecting the pheromones released to stimulate an alarm response in the rest of the hive, thus preventing the beekeeper from being attacked and stung. FULL STORY




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