First Visit to West Rise Bee Sanctuary and School Apiary

I was invited to be involved with this project by the Head of the award-winning West Rise Junior School, Mike Fairclough, and Paul Youlten, bee enthusiast from Winchelsea. The apiary had been set up six years previously as a sanctuary for the native black honeybee, Apis mellifera mellifera but had sadly become rather neglected. The …

Cross comb

It has been uncharacteristically hot and sunny here for weeks now and the bees have been making honey. I'm a bit mindful that we desperately need some rain otherwise the plants will reduce their nectar reward in order to conserve moisture, so the bees will need their stores. However, they are still producing prodigiously at …

Beeswax wraps

Honeybees produce wax from glands in their abdomen, and their combs are a vitally important part of the colony's life, being a place to live, communicate and raise their young as well as store their honey and pollen supplies. It takes a tremendous amount of energy and collective work to form the wax cells, and …

A Rescue

This is an account of a rescue I carried out with my friend Kit back in October 2014. It has been languishing in my Drafts folder, so I thought I would publish it but apologies for the grainy photos: taken on an iPhone 3. Anyway, enjoy! There has been a colony of feral bees in …