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Chris
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From what I have now read, it appears there are a number of reasons. Firstly, temperature. Shallow water dribbling from a compost heap is warmer than a cold pool or stream. Secondly, smell. Bees don’t see water like we do. When they fly over everything is a blur but they can obviously smell extremely well and hence smelly water is easier to find! Also salts and minerals play a big part. One article I read said that water considered dirty by us is actually a ‘vitamin mix’ for bees! All very interesting. When you dig around on the web it is a question that has been posed by quite a few beekeepers and a very widespread behaviour by the bees. Compost heaps feature a lot. One beekeeper even took a photograph of bees drinking from wet concrete. Of course, another factor is risk of drowning. Much less in a shallow run off or damp patch than a fast flowing stream