Regenerative Beekeeping: Forage

I guess when most people consider keeping bees for other-than-honey purposes, it's the connection with pollination and plants that springs to mind. This is a really powerful aspect of regenerative beekeeping, helping us to evaluate what is flowering and where, and when, and whether or not the bees regard it as a favourable source of … Continue reading Regenerative Beekeeping: Forage

Look inside the Thermosolar Hive

The Thermosolar hives at Berwick are based on a standard National hive, but with some modifications. I have a video below showing the basic organisation and construction: https://youtu.be/INQ-1wzutWE The Thermosolar ceiling is only used during mite treatment hence why I just have the roof at the moment. The occupied hive was flying well considering how … Continue reading Look inside the Thermosolar Hive

Regenerative Beekeeping: Hedges

I've had a fascination with hedges for many years, and feel profound dismay at the sight and sound of the annual flailfest along the roads and lanes here in Sussex. I still have my "The History of the Countryside" by Oliver Rackham which was a course textbook for my Agriculture and the Environment degree at … Continue reading Regenerative Beekeeping: Hedges

Sustainable Beefarming

Those of you who have been following my blog for any length of time will know that I am a champion of small-scale, observational, hands-off beekeeping. But as my background is in agriculture and ecology, I am primarily concerned with how honey bees work and impact the wider environment, hence my interest in both keeping … Continue reading Sustainable Beefarming

Dismantling a Winter Loss

Bee colonies require a number of elements in their favour to overwinter successfully, and despite the go-to solution of copious feeding, this is only one part of what gives honey bees the gumption to get through the cold damp winter. The colony below has been in this hive for 5-6 years and the combs have … Continue reading Dismantling a Winter Loss

Spring Check of the West Rise Bees

We last went to visit the bees at the School Apiary on Langney Marsh in August, and we braved the breezy conditions today to go and see how they were getting on. The water was high in the lakes, and there were lots of birds on and around on the water. Swans, geese, ducks, and … Continue reading Spring Check of the West Rise Bees