Hi fellow beekeepers,
I have recently acquired 3 colonies (Egyptian and Saudi hybrids) and am trialling 3 different hive boxes, with 1 being a Flow Hive. I live on a collection of man made islands off the coast of Bahrain in the Arabian Gulf. This is the first time bees have been introduced to the islands and will be an exciting experiment/adventure on many levels.
The extreme heat throughout most of the year and an almost full year of sun/flora activity will keep these girls busy. There are very few beekeepers in the region that are proactive and associations/formal groups are relatively few. I will try and maximise local knowledge where possible and also use this forum to reach out and confirm advice provided from elsewhere.
The variation in hive types and breeds will allow some form of basic assessment and comparison for what would work best in this environment and weather conditions.
I am working on extra protection form direct sunlight and increasing the awareness of bee-friendly trees, plants, flowers and herbs that residents should plant. I am developing a local list from the locals to start me off!
Whilst the region will be new too many, keeping bees in hot temperatures will not be, and I would value any feedback on this subject.
Thank in advance