Ultimate Nectar…

On the way to Nottingham we stopped off at Trowell Services on the M1.  The service station lies in the heart of the Nottinghamshire Countryside.  The petrol station had a vey large field of oilseed rape right next to the sign which advertised its Ultimate petrol and diesel prices and the fact that you can get points on your Nectar card.

Apparently with changes in farming over recent years large acreages of oilseed rape have provided an abundant and attractive source of nectar for honey bees. With the introduction of earlier and later varieties the flowering period of oilseed rape has been extended from a few weeks in May to between April and July. One beekeeper has said that his colonies adjacent to a field of oilseed rape produced over 100lbs of honey before the end of May.

Whilst oilseed rape has increasing yields of honey it is distracting bees from more traditional sources. So you can say it is the ultimate nectar…

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