Tuesday, 26 May 2009

Relocation of a BumbleBee nest to our home apiary!

Short video of Steve relocating a nest of BumbleBees to our apiary. They had moved into a colleagues garden, and taken up residence in an old bird box! However, they were causing a bit of a problem for the family and, as beneficial as they are, they had to move.

Monday, 25 May 2009


A little compilation of our day at the allotment with an errant swarm!!!!

Sunday, 17 May 2009

Oxfordshire Beekeepers pay us a visit

Yesterday afternoon we had the pleasure of hosting Oxfordshire beekeepers (OBKA)at our allotment apiary.
Like a flight of angels, our new, white bee-suited friends arrived at our lotty to a rather entertaining start! Not only did we have a top-bar hive (TBH), two National hives and a 2-week old nucleus of bees to show them, we also had a swarm!!! A few minutes prior to the first people arriving, I thought I would have a quick check around our allotment (which is immediately adjacent to our bees). Whilst admiring our fruit bushes, I began to wonder why the ground beneath was 'moving'! Quickly I realised that it was in fact a mass of bees, clinging to the now broken off top of our small apple tree!! Needless to say, our swarm was quickly claimed, and we were glad to hand them over to a newly starting beekeeper!! We are ever obliging!!!!!
N.B. In above photo, swarm is under the box at the base of the tree in the foreground - above rhubarb leaves.
Steve hosted the day and took the group of beekeepers through the hives. Most of the group had never seen or looked inside a TBH and enjoyed seeing the bees making 'chains' to shape the comb. All our bees looked in good health and behaved themselves by having a mellow attitude!!
The hi-light of the afternoon was hearing new Queen bees 'pipe' in one of Tim and Julie's hives http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Queen_bee#Piping
Most people in the group managed to hear it and it was a most magical moment!!!
The afternoon was completed with tea served from our allotment shed and fine fruit-cake supplied by Julie.
All in all a most splendid day!!!

Monday, 11 May 2009

Hiving our little rascals!


Cast Swarm under neighbours tree!

Sunday, 10 May 2009

Thought we would get away with swarming in our first TBH season, but bees don't read the manuals!!!

Up-close and Personal

Fantastic comb of eggs, brood and larvae!

Lynne's second inspection - featuring our home-made, rotating Top-bar holder!!!

Monday, 4 May 2009

Interesting debate!!!


Have a look at this forum and let us know what you think!!!!!

Sunday, 3 May 2009

Bee hives

Just a few photos of some of our bee-hives

Refurbished WBC hive ready for installation in the allotment apiary

Our top-bar hive in the garden at home

National hive in our garden

Steve, Julie and Tim at work at their hives in the allotment apiary

New Sussex Bee Research Laboratory


Good news for beekeeping!