Category Archives: Forage plants

What the bees are finding

Grim statistics – and a few positive initiatives.

I belong to two beekeeping associations and the first one has written about the winter losses for 2012/2013 and put it in context over the last 5 years figures.  It is grim reading and reflects what I have heard from … Continue reading

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Awe and wonder by the flowerful – not enough in our classrooms.

Ready for some awe and wonder?  Look here http://www.buzzaboutbees.net/pollination.html short videos of such beauty – if you are a teacher, try them as your students settle at the beginning of a lesson.  There is even one captioned in French for … Continue reading

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Persistent poppies

There is something both mysterious and magical about the explosions of poppies you sometimes see at this time of the year.  Today I caused Emily, the voice of my Sat Nag a few moments of confusion when I decided to … Continue reading

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Great experience

My short visit to Floriade, especially the bee pavilion lived up to all expectations – in fact exceeded them. When you enter the pavilion you are given one of two scanners – for pollen, with a flower symbol or for … 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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Forget me nots

I started wondering whether the simple forget-me-nots around my hives were of any benefit to the bees.  Wikipeadia says yes for pollen and nectar – and they are the same family as borage. From The Wildlife Trusts website: Like many … Continue reading

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Unusual and beautiful

You tube really is a great resource – it isn’t all pop videos and scandal!  For those who are curious about bees this can give a potted view of several aspects of beekeeping and bee life. Bees in pillar box   … Continue reading

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Failure shows glimmer of success

I wrote a couple of posts ago about an experiment that I thought youngsters might like – it started out as whether bees prefer certain colours.  Of course we beekeepers know they do, but allowing children to discover the fact … Continue reading

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Don’t forget our humble hedgerows

We are getting so much better at letting people know how to support bees. Best tips are: 1. Plant for bees where you can – look our for bee friendly labels or use lists like that from the RHS 2.  … Continue reading

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A complete failure for me

Having been intrigued by Surrey beekeepers idea about getting children interested in bees, the past weekend of sunshine seemed a good opportunity to put this into practice. I did change it a little.  I cut circles of paper into rough … Continue reading

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