Due to a dry summer and the high temperatures of these last months and days, and despite the rain, the adequate conditions for the flowering of the flower of the heather of winter have not been met. Climate change is affecting and this factor is causing that, this year, the collection originating from this shrub is delayed and cannot be collected at the expected time. That is, in autumn.

The winter heather, as its name indicates, is a variation of the heather family, and therefore it is a type of shrub that is found in dry scrubs, clear forests, rocky places and in calcareous soils. This species can be found throughout the Catalan Coast (Coast of Tarragona and Barcelona) between 0 and 1000 meters of altitude.

Its bell-shaped flowers are pink, very numerous and appear grouped in branches at the peak of the branch. Winter heather (Erica Multiflora) blooms during the autumn and can also do so until winter. The climate that this shrub requires is warm temperatures and high mild humidity without heavy frosts.

The Goiat bear destroys the hives of the Pyrenees

In recent weeks at Apícola Rossend we have suffered attacks by the Goliath bear in our hives located in the Pyrenees. In its multiple attacks the brown bear has destroyed 23 hives, with the consequent death of its swarms in two different locations. This situation has forced us to install electric fences to avoid new attacks and damage.

The area of ​​the Pyrenees is inhabited by the bear since the summer of 2016, at which time it was released in the Natural Park of the High Pyrenees, specifically in the forest, its preferred habitat for refuge.

Despite this, since then it has attacked on multiple farms causing losses of livestock and destruction of private property. Not even the satellite collar he is wearing to be able to geolocate him has prevented the animal from destroying it, also in the Community of Aragon or in France. The discomfort of farmers and Pyrenean farmers is increasing because new attacks of the animal are expected due to the voracity shown in recent times.

Unfortunately it seems that we will have to live with this problem. The affected, people who work as farmers, beekeepers or ranchers do not deserve this situation and we are also tied to an administration that is passive in the face of the facts.

If people who live in rural environments are getting obstacles, in the end we will have an accelerated depopulation in the Pyrenees. It is necessary to sensitize the population and political entities to act and avoid more conflicts and problems that ultimately affect the workers who want to offer a quality product and that before the introduction of the Goiat bear we could work without fear to an unexpected attack.

International contest 1001 Degustations

We have the great pleasure to inform you that Apícola Rossend Margalef’s honey was rewarded in the International contest from France named 1001 Degustations. The varieties of honey that were rewarded are the next ones:


-Rosemary honey: Golden medal

-Chestnut honey: Golden medal

-Lemon honey: Silver medal

-Heather honey: Silver medal