The National Bee Unit put out a warning this week about starving colonies. We checked our hives a few days ago and were reasonably happy. But it's always worth being prepared for winter feeding with a bit of bee fondant on hand. Here is a recipe.
** UPDATE 20 January 2017: The bees have been taking this fondant well so they must have been hungry!
Four parts sugar
One part water (eg 4kg sugar to 1ltr of water)
A teaspoon of white vinegar