Neonicotinoids and Honey Bees

Oh dear - these are back in the news. Sadly the focus of the argument is producing the same reactive inflammatory discussion between 'farmers' and 'conservationists' even though both actually want the same: a healthy productive environment where all of us - and by "us" I mean all living things - can live, work, and … Continue reading Neonicotinoids and Honey Bees

Cake Recipe for Zoom Beekeeping

Parsnip & ginger cake As many of you will know, I am a huge fan of baking and just because my courses are now on Zoom, I still want to have an opportunity to make cakes. So, here is the recipe for the cake I will have on Saturday for my first online Introduction to … Continue reading Cake Recipe for Zoom Beekeeping

Zoom Gardening for Bees and Wildlife

Our insects and wildlife are suffering severe declines, but gardening and getting outside is the perfect opportunity to learn how we can help our bees and other insects and wildlife in these valuable spaces. If you're already a beekeeper and would like to know how best to increase the natural forage and biodiversity for your … Continue reading Zoom Gardening for Bees and Wildlife

Ways to be Wayward this Christmas

In January last year, I attended a conference on landscape use and sustainability at Sussex University, and I took away a strong, galvanising feeling of implementing necessary change. Then - bam - the pandemic hit which actually obliged me to pursue the avenues I had pledged to consider. I thought about putting my Introduction to … Continue reading Ways to be Wayward this Christmas

Beekeeping Poster

I designed this poster a few years ago, as I wanted an aide memoire that was less focussed on traditional beekeeping, and more about honey bees. If we want to keep bees in tune with their natural development and lifecycle, it's important to have a greater understanding of how bees function and many of the … Continue reading Beekeeping Poster

Earl Grey Tea Loaf

Here is the recipe that features on my weekly vlog, The Shawpits Diaries. Head over there for the method, but here are the ingredients: 250g prunes250ml hot Earl Grey tea Steep overnight. 1 egg250g plain flour1tsp baking powder 150g soft brown sugarZest of 1 lemon (preferably a bergamot lemon) Mix the dry ingredients gently in … Continue reading Earl Grey Tea Loaf