Recently I had the pleasure of meeting with beekeepers from Malton and District when I gave a brief talk on the wintering of bees and all the information I had come across in my journey to develop the BeeCosy and find other ways to help manage bees.
The picture above is interesting given the topic of my talk "The Wintering of Bees". It shows how bee boles used to be made out of the sides of stone buildings facing south to house straw skeps full of bees. The plan being to use the heat built up and held within the stone to provide help to colonies through low temperatures and bad weather. Definitely an early version of the Bee Cosy!
Many thanks to David, Richard and everyone at Malton for giving me the chance to meet everyone in such a hospitable setting and for such a great set of questions.