Bees

Upside down bees

Last week I was informed by a farmer that one of my hives at an orchard had been blown over. We’d had some particularly strong and bitter winds the previous night and although I’d checked all my other colonies, I had neglected to travel further afield to check on this ‘wilder’ hive. This colony was …

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Moving bees

Although the winter months are quiet for the bees with the temperatures too cold to fly, and little or no pollen or nectar available, you may think that it means a quiet time also for beekeepers. Not so! Winter is the time for moving bees, cleaning tools and empty hives whilst preparing for the next …

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A day with the bees

Over the weekend we had the most fabulous warm sunny weather. After a few weeks of varied weather, some sunshine some showers, the bees have been nipping in and out making the most of the sunshine when they could. Last weekend we saw the dandelions bursting into life and this for me signals the start of …

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Honey harvest

Last month Mr C helped me harvest the honey from my beehive. I had four supers on the hive. One was being ‘cleaned’ by the bees after having been extracted a month earlier. Around 30lbs of honey from that one super with ten frames,so due to the paraphernalia involved we decided to do two supers …

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