Tag Archives: Bees

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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It has been a while …Floriade, be a bee, geocaching all comes together

My visit to Floriade and subsequent excitement following the tagged bees has been documented before.  My ‘friends’ Wilke and Marjon, and Naomi and Jenny and their trips to collect pollen or nectar occupied hours of my time.  I am not … Continue reading

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Labelling the mini jars of honey and feral highrise colony

Tuesday is our regular inspection day at Hughenden Manor.  As winter approaches, opening the hive is rare unless it is really warm but we do need to feed them so they can successfully overwinter.  Our team came with an assortment … Continue reading

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The rooftops of London … high class hives!

I can’t believe I have only just found this as it dates from 2009. Worth a look

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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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This could have gone so wrong

Over the last month I had heard so many long term beekeepers explain swollen faces and worse by saying they had not intended to open the hive and then been tempted to do so. I vowed to learn from their … Continue reading

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Prepare to feel the magic

Pictures worth 1000 words

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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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Hive of activity

When I was 8 yrs old and my Great Grandmother died I can remember Mum pounding some pastry or similar in her grief and saying in a distressed voice ‘WHO will tell the bees?’. Continue reading

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