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Like all other aspects of honey production, a system of management and attention to detail can make ‘going to the heather’ a much more rewarding pursuit. Financially, heather honey fetches a much higher price and so it should, in view of the trouble and inconvenience caused in its processing. To obtain the best results, stocks should be prepared well in advance of the flow.
It may be helpful to the reader if I briefly summarise what I use: Single brood chamber National hives with normal floors. Queen excluders are used throughout. Perforated zinc screens are used for moving the bees, being replaced on the site by normal crownboards and covered by a 460 mm (18 in) square of expanded polystyrene ceiling tile. A supply of bricks is useful for weighting down roofs against removal by the wind. If placed on the open moor, some form of fencing may be required to guard against interference by animals. Barbed wire and fencing stakes are possibly the easiest and most