1: Home Apiary – Our first apiary it is quite small (approx. 6 x 4 m) and is home of six colonies of Sinah Common honeybees. These colonies still produce honey although it is mainly used for queen rearing and new colony breeding & production.
2: The Common Apiary - The smaller of our two production apiaries, located at the very heart of Sinah Common on land owned by Hayling Golf Club. This is a medium sized apiary capable of accommodating up to 20 colonies and is sheltered from the prevailing southwesterly wind by a large gorse hedgerow. This apiary has superb access for people with mobility difficulties and will be used when we are mentoring young people or working with wounded and injured service personnel through Help For Heroes.
3: Farm Apiary – This is the largest of our three main production apiaries. It is located along the side of a vibrant hedgerow in a large field close to the northeastern edge of Sinah Common and within flying range of the foraging worker bees. This apiary is still being built and the hedgerow is around 100 m long so it has the capacity to accommodate 40-50 colonies of Sinah honeybees.
4: Forestside - This apiary is quite small and about the same size as home apiary. Here the bees forage all year around on the beautiful wild flowers that paint a colourful picture across the southern slopes of the South Downs.
5: The lake Apiary: The lake is one of our three biggest apiaries and can accommodate around 25 colonies of bees. Here the bees can forage all year around, in the spring on the rolling farmland crops and in the summer on the abundant blackberry bushes and lime trees.
6: North Farm Apiary: Our third large apiary capable of accommodating 30 colonies of bees. This is situated on the southern slopes of the South Downs and is surrounded with farmland an pastures for as far as the eye can see. In the spring the bees gorge on oil seed rape crops, meadow flowers and hawthorn. In the summer they turn to the abundant hedgerows and the large swathes of chestnut trees.
7 & 8: The Copse apiaries - These two apiaries, both capable of taking 15 colonies each are nestled into meadowland and amongst the large woods to the north of Emsworth and just south of Rowlands Castle. The bees forage on the large pastures of meadow flowers, the gorse, willow blackberry and chestnut.
9: North East Farm Apiary - Set in woods overlooking the rolling downs this apiary is our newest and still under construction. We use this to overwinter colonies, as a quarantine apiary for bee swarms of unknown origin and to raise overwintered and early spring colony splits (A split is a way of building a new colony from an existing stock).