Category Archives: Natural Beekeeping

The Flow Hive

Some of you may have seen the recent froth on the internet around a creation termed by its inventors the Flow Hive (you can check it out on Youtube).  It seems the hive contains within it plastic combs that can … Continue reading

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Bees Dance to a Different Tune

At the still point of the turning world …. there the dance is … and there is only the dance.  More here.

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Bandit Bees

In response to the post about eternal drones & the unusual behaviour for the time of year this is a picture of the bandit bees that have broken into a weaker colony across the garden  & taken over. It didn’t … Continue reading

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Everlasting Drones

One of our Warre Hives dragged out its drones around the week of 22nd August, as normal this year.  Subsequently, from September onwards it has been gripped by a second honey flow fervour which has seen its numbers increase dramatically … Continue reading

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Dave Goulson discussing research on bumblebee decline

You might be interested to listen to this interview on BBC4’s ‘The Life Scientific’ which is scheduled to be broadcast this evening at 21:30: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04nrrbr

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Panel Discussion: Bee Centred Beekeeping, 19th November, 7:30pm

As part of what has become an annual appearance at Stroud BKA, this year I am part of a panel discussion on the subject of Bee Centred Beekeeping.  The panel will be made up of 5 beekeepers with varying backgrounds … Continue reading

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David Heaf Masterclass, November

David Heaf Masterclass, a two day course on Bee Friendly Beekeeping, 29 & 30 November 2014 Venue:            Ragman’s Lane Farm in Gloucestershire http://www.ragmans.co.uk Times:             10 am to 5 pm on Saturday 29, and 10 am to 4 pm on Sunday … Continue reading

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How to Dispose of my Colonies

I was cutting down the wildflower meadow behind my beehives yesterday.  I was using hand shears (rather than the hedge trimmer I used last year) because I thought it was less likely to upset the bees. Nevertheless, one bee took … Continue reading

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Deformed wing virus

We have one hive of bees that we got as a swarm this year very early in the swarming season. At the moment we’re feeding them because we weighed the hive they’re well below the weight needed to get them … Continue reading

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Frustrated harvest

Now in its third third summer and in three of four  boxes we decided it was time to have a go taking a box off one of our warre hives as the top two both seemed chock full of capped … Continue reading

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