How can I help?

You don’t have to be a beekeeper to help honeybees! Potentially your garden can provide everything they need to live – nectar, pollen, propolis and water. Find out what they like and why, in this fascinating book all about the synergy between honeybee and plant.

Why help bees?

Bees have been struggling. In the last 30 years the number of hives in the UK fell by more than half and wild honeybees are thought to have been close to extinction. Numbers of many wild bumblebee and solitary bee species have declined alarmingly too. By creating a forage-rich, chemical-free environment for bees we can all play a part in helping return these noble and fascinating insects to health.


The in-hive pharmacy

I’ve written before on the virtues of leaving your honey bees to over winter on their own honey stores rather than feeding them sugar and now there is mounting scientific evidence to support the view. Recent studies by a team from Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenburg, Germany¹ found that nurse bees select different honey according to… Read more »

A new visitor on oil seed rape

Wandering through a field of rape the other day I was expecting to see lots of honey bees.  It was a bit windy and chilly but the sun was out.  However I saw not a single bee just a veil of  black flies sliding up and down invisible poles, not unlike Mayflies.  I had never… Read more »

Eco-friendly wood preservative

Eureka?  Could I have found someone with the solution to a perennial problem – how to preserve wood in an eco-friendly way?  As I wrote in my blog on paint for bee hives the natural order of things is for wood to decompose, so stopping that process has involved toxic substances. Canadian company Vahalla Wood… Read more »

A Winter Heather Garden for Bees

I don’t need convincing that growing heathers makes sense as someone passionate about honey bee plants.  There are winter heathers, or strictly heaths, to last through the colder months and offer a source of nectar and pollen at this time of scarcity.  But I think I could do with some help to design them into… Read more »

Bee abundance 2015

It began on a sad note with my four year old bees fading away in early spring. I bought this and another colony from a retiring commercial beekeeper for £180 each. One went to the garden at work then died in the second year when the field next door grew rape. Coincidence? The other lasted… Read more »