Love your Aphids

Any of you who have been following me for a while will know that I am first and foremost a naturalist and nature-lover, and beekeeping gives me an excuse to indulge this longstanding interest of mine. It also requires and inspires me to think holistically about how I can help my honey bees and consequently the other insects (birds, mammals, plants etc etc) around them. … Continue reading Love your Aphids

How beekeeping CAN save the bees

We live in complicated times. Grass-fed meat or veganism; plastic use or glass and metal; electric cars or public transport. “Save the Bees” is similarly fraught with problems and there is a vast amount of misinformation regarding pollinators and their relative impact. I recently saw a Twitter thread about the introduction of beehives on to a brownfield site in London, and how they were part … Continue reading How beekeeping CAN save the bees

More on Plants, Pollination and Bees

Bees talk to flowers. Talk isn’t strictly correct, as this is not verbal communication, but communicate they definitely do. And if we witnessed the conversation, we would think of it as talking. Plants carry a very weak negative electrical charge, because although they are rooted in the ground and are therefore earthed, they are exposed to positive electrical charges in the air, making their petals … Continue reading More on Plants, Pollination and Bees