As spring arrives, the Red House bees are kicking back into flight after tucking themselves away over winter. Recently we met a significant milestone as we split the hive. One hive became two as, without this intervention, it looked highly likely our rooftop residents were preparing to swarm. The last visit confirmed the split had been successful; an empty queen cup meant the workers had reared their new queen and the second colony formed. There is a lot of apiary maintenance required as the bees are building comb anywhere they can fit it at the moment – they’re certainly an industrious lot and the honey harvest can’t be far away.