We had the warmest June that I can remember. Whilst we received the occasional -6°C frost, from mid-month onwards we basked in a number of 20°C days with sun. On 3 July, the temperature reached an outstanding 21°C!

We are still sighting occasional wasps hovering about; boding not well for spring wasp populations. In beehives, some queens still are laying; therefore, varroa levels will need monitoring. Halfway through winter—a strange winter clime indeed ...

Maggie James