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Increasing Herm's bee population
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Herm's honeybee population has been on the rise since 2009

When Gavin Hyde moved to Herm in 2008 he began setting up a "beekeeping enterprise" as soon as he arrived.

Having been involved in beekeeping all his life, thanks to his father and grandfather, he saw potential in Herm for increasing the honeybee numbers.

Two colonies were established in 2009 and the bees were soon foraging across the island.

Gavin said that in 2009 they produced 120lb of honey that they sold to provide money for new hives.

Herm's hives are located near the manor village at the top of the island. Gavin explained that their location provides a "clear flight path" allowing the bees to forage all over Herm.

Gavin Hyde
Gavin has been involved with beekeeping all his life

Following the success of the honey, that was sold in the Herm shops, in 2009 Gavin said he was investing the money made from that in three new hives in 2010.

Gavin hoped to sell the wax and other related products as well as the honey produced by the bees as the year goes on.

He explained that while bee keeping can be a lot of work, especially in the summer and when you have to try and prevent bees from swarming, there is a local group on hand to help out novice keepers.

Gavin said that the past-time was becoming increasingly popular around the British Isles from country areas to people in cities who put their hives on rooftops.

When setting up the hives in Herm Gavin said the Guernsey Beekeepers Association was a "huge help" and he added that anyone wishing to start beekeeping should get in touch with them as they: "Help advise and provide you with a bee buddy who will help mentor you and show you show you the basics of hive management."





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