How to Grow Bees

Yes. Growing bees. I had this thought on the way home from meeting my friend Paul, where we had been lamenting the problems of 'wildflower meadows' in community spaces, as he is masterminding in the churchyard at Winchelsea. The difficulty is that the public perception of a wildflower meadow is cornflowers, poppies, daisies, waving grasses, …

New Ideas

As some of you may know, I have recently published some birdwatching booklets, and I am considering finding a way of using my illustrations, writing, and new-found publishing skills to produce something to promote wildlife/beekeeping/forage provision/sustainable beekeeping to a wider audience. I am not sure how best to do this though, as I am a …

Winterising your hives

Some of us, (and by that I mean me), are looking forward to autumn and a quieter time of year regarding all things Outside. The bees are preparing for winter, so have ousted the drones, who by now will have missed their chance to contribute to the next generation. The foragers are gathering both pollen …

Spring loss

I often hear beekeepers say that it's not too late to lose your bees even in March, usually with a reference to feeding. I was asked by some friends (and former students of mine) to do a PM on their hive as the colony - having been active earlier a few weeks previously - had …