Wild-living Honey Bees in January

I visited the Langstroth hives at Selmeston today as we have had some beautiful spring weather and I wondered if the bees were flying. Sure, enough, they were! https://videopress.com/v/ySTaeADc?resizeToParent=true&cover=true&preloadContent=metadata Their hive has completely sunken in to the ground so they are using this entrance which they opened last year. There is some very pale pollen …

School Beekeeping Podcast

I recently featured on the Living Being podcast, talking about my involvement with schools and honey bees. You can listen to it here, or it's over on my Patreon as a public post. If you'd like me to talk to your school, or be on your podcast, please email me.

Warré hive

At my introductory beekeeping courses, I always recommend using a British National hive, or its cousin the WBC, as they are readily available, and provide beginners with large boxes and robust, well-proportioned frames with which to handle the bees. Just because they are used commercially doesn't mean one has to manage one's bees in that …