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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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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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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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It isn’t the knowledge you have it’s the questions you ask ….

One of my favourite truths as an ex-teacher is that intelligence is more about the questions you ask than the answers you give.  I have had several experiences lately that have led to lots of questions – mainly towards the … 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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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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The humble dandelion

When we inspected the hives at Hughenden Manor yesterday, the pollen being brought in seemed particularly vibrant in colour.  We saw bright yellow and also a bright orange.  I’d not anticipated such generous pollen loads with the days of heavy … Continue reading

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Pollen; I never imagined it could fill a fascinating hour long talk

Bucks County Beekeepers Seminar Day has three hour long talks and each one I have seen has been of a high quality and has highlighted aspects of beekeeping or related life to an extent that has almost surprised me.  They … Continue reading

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What a wonderful idea – getting children interested in bees

Thank you SurreyBeekeeper So, basically the suggestion is a set of shapes of several colours should be set out with ‘centres’ of small containers such as bottle tops into which some sugar syrup can be placed.  A tally chart to … Continue reading

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The magic of pollen

My first view of a frame with glistening cells of pollen caused one of those little pangs – the sort of ‘awe and wonder’ we teachers were encouraged to display for our pupils. I hadn’t fully appreciated the range of … Continue reading

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