Themosolar Swarm Update

A glorious day, and the daisies have popped up almost overnight! Great to see such a swathe of these: they are not only good pollinator plants but also provide some nice tall cover for mammals. The blackthorn has gone over now, as has much of the hawthorn but this late spring does mean the traditional “June Gap” that beekeepers dread – when the trees finish … Continue reading Themosolar Swarm Update

It’s been a year!

Ok, shameless plug here. When Lockdown started way back in March last year, I had to cancel all my courses and workshops, and my usual mentoring visits were suddenly compromised, as in spite of completely justifiable “essential journey to tend to livestock” it was still a journey. In addition to my reluctance to increase my risk, I was already looking at some way of offering … Continue reading It’s been a year!

Regenerative Beekeeping

This is the big, necessary and progressive brother of sustainable beekeeping, and to me, represents a crystallisation of what I have learned through observing both my own bees and other colonies in all manner of hives and situations. So, how can beekeeping *improve* the environment where we run our hives? Agriculture, development, and a myriad other human activities have depleted the landscape on which the … Continue reading Regenerative Beekeeping

Bees in a Snowy Winter

Wow – what a difference a day (or two) makes. A few days ago my bees were flying, and I was even able to put together a video post for my patrons as I headed down to the apiary to check the entrances and inspection boards. Bees cluster up together to keep warm in the winter, and it’s important that they aren’t disturbed at this … Continue reading Bees in a Snowy Winter

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 produce food effectively. The basic story about neonicotinoids is that … Continue reading Neonicotinoids and Honey Bees

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 visual resources use beekeepers holding frames, smokers, honey extraction, marked … Continue reading Beekeeping Poster