A LONG-TERM honey project by Chichester Harbour Conservancy has reached its first milestone.
The conservancy said a colony of bees that had been on Thorney Island since last summer produced enough surplus honey to allow over 40lbs to be collected by beekeeper Colin Falla.
Siún Cranny, director of the conservancy, added: “The harbour honey project aims to support the honey bee population by providing hives and husbandry and to raise awareness of the importance of their conservation. We are very excited to be sharing this first honey with the public.”
The project received support from the Sustainable Development Fund and the Friends of Chichester Harbour towards start-up costs, but aims to be self-funding with any profits contributing to habitat management projects.
A spokeswoman from the conservancy said Harbour Honey was ‘pure, raw honey’ that was filtered but not pasteurised and had come from a single hive within the Chichester Harbour Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
The honey can be bought from the harbour office in Itchenor.