Brightwell Bees

Honey, candles and other products from our hives in  Oxfordshire and Berkshire

Honeybee on pink flower

How do bees make honey?

Honeybees make honey from nectar, a sweet liquid found at the base of flowers. They gather nectar through the seasons, from the earliest spring snowdrop, the mid-summer blackberries through to autumn asters and winter flowering heathers.


Honeybees from a hive will visit about 2 million flowers to make a single jar of honey!


When back at the hive, worker bees place the nectar in beeswax honeycomb cells and evaporate water from the nectar by fanning the honeycomb with their wings. When the honey is ripe, each individual cell is perfectly sealed with white beeswax capping. This keeps the honey beautifully fresh for the bees to eat throughout the long winter when few flowers are available to forage


The flavour and colour of the honey depends on the floral source. The honey can vary between locations and even between hives which are side by side in the same apiary. Our honey is typically polyfloral - a mixture from nectar gathered from a wide range of flowers in the Oxfordshire and Berkshire area.


Read on to find out why bees make honey, see how beekeepers collect honey or go here to see our local honey.


A worker bee on a snowdrop

Workers sealing cells of honey

Workers sealing honeycomb cells with wax

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Different colours of honey

Honey: why Set or runny honey? Honey Honey: how

Where to buy...

Find out where to buy all our products from our hives in Oxfordshire and  Berkshire here.

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