A mild Autumn saw the bees at Hadley End still collecting from the late brambles and ivy well into November. The mice guards had to be left off until then. A few unwelcome holes in the side of the hives started to appear at the Wigginton Apiary, signs that the woodpeckers were back.
Chicken wire wrapped around them until Spring should keep the birds at bay.
Good to see the Fieldfares return to clear up the remaining apples in the orchard. Quite reassuring to think they like our winter climate!