The 2018 season started very badly for some beekeepers with reports of very high winter losses, some in excess of 60%. March was very cruel to the bees with temperatures failing to get above freezing for several days around  the 3rdweek of March, this at a time when they were struggling on the back of a very cold winter and this was then the final nail in the coffin for a lot of small stocks.

Eastern Region Annual Report 2018 National Bee Unit – The 2018 Season Overview