Monthly Archives: May 2013

colony failure

the bees in my garden got through the winter fine, started to flourish in the ‘spring’, and over the last few weeks declined- lots of oil-seed rape nearby in full flower. The bees leaving the hive began to fall down … Continue reading

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Secondary Swarm

My bees have just swarmed again – only ten days since the previous swarm! Unfortunately, this time they decided to settle in next door’s garden.  My neighbour called round in an agitated state to tell me.  Fortunately they were in … Continue reading

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Articles on Swarms

As the swarming season is upon us, I have gathered together my own small swarm of articles on the subject.  Some of them have been on the blog for a while, while others are new. The Wonder of Swarms looks … Continue reading

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Swarm Update

I can see through the observation window that the swarm that I reported a week ago is clustered and building comb. The hive that threw the swarm started from a late swarm last year.  It had been hived in two … Continue reading

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Natural Beekeeping Courses

I am collecting names of attendees for the next beginners course and almost have enough to set a date.  So if anyone else is thinking of attending, let me know using the contact form on the home page.  As always, … Continue reading

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Bee deaths and preloved comb

All the bees in our Warre have sadly died. The warre had an established colony – this year would have been its third full year. There is no sign of disease, and there is honey left inside, in the top … Continue reading

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More Swarms

It seems the reproduction season for bees is well and truly here.  One of my own hives swarmed today just after the sun broke from behind the clouds where it had been hiding all morning.  I was intending to go … Continue reading

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