Category Archives: Apiary improvement

plans to expand

Thermal imaging for beehives – geeky or wise?

I’ve just been reading up about thermal imaging – in particular the FLIR camera lens for IOS. There is a great article here http://honeybeesuite.com/thermal-images-of-winter-bees/ – this blog from Rusty is so good that every beekeeper should read it – regularly.  … Continue reading

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Neglect – and time for a bait hive

I’ve been neglecting this blog a little as it has been so interesting now we have the Arnia hive monitors at our Hughenden Manor Apiary.  I so wish I could do this at home, or set up a Raspberry Pi … Continue reading

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Can our apiary choice make up for poor weather or other problems?

I mused about microclimates the other day.  Luckily I had someone I could ask about how temperatures in my apiary could differ from the sort of temperatures quoted in weather forecasts. Here is his comment/reply:  Yes, weather forecast temperatures are … Continue reading

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Like seeing your children off on the first day of a new term

It is not even that sunny, but an optimistic trip to the apiary was optimistic because it was mild for the last day in February. On the way down I saw signs that the moles might be coming through to … Continue reading

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Snow – not just a chance to order for next season or read the forum posts

Like so much of the country we are experiencing our first snow of this winter with temperatures well below freezing.  Whilst it may be a time to curl up with the suppliers catalogues (for bee equipment and bee friendly plants) … Continue reading

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My first swarm collection

Well, they are not actually my swarm and I cannot claim much credit for the collection part either.  Len and Keith deserve all the credit for that – Keith’s foresight and Len’s confidence and agility deserving most credit.  The family … Continue reading

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Planning apiary expansion

My apiary is a separate parcel of land at the bottom of the garden overlooking fields with grazing cows and facing south. Continue reading

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