The hives of honeybees are now ready for winter. I have just put the mouseguards over the hive entrance to stop mice moving in and eating the honey and wax stores during the cold wet months. I have also put bricks on the roof to help stop the hives being blown over. All I have to do now is wrap the hive in wire netting to stop the Green Woodpecker attacking the hives. He may do this when the ground is frozen and he can’t reach any ants…..