Hi everyone, I picked up my first nuc at the end of June. Then my local beekeeping association went on holiday! They don't meet again until the last week of September, so I'm hoping the forums will bee a good source of info. Only have 1 hive.

My question is this: under what circumstances would the bees be walking around on the ground around the hive? There's a bunch of branches on the ground about 4 ft from the hive (I'm urban, not a tonne of space), and a handful of bees are crawling over them. I sort of blew on them and shook the leaves to disturb them, but they still continued walking rather than taking off. What is going on?

Their bee line is heading more or less straight up over this pile.