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.


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 »

Queenless colony – can you tell from the entrance?

Can you tell if a colony’s queenless by observing the behaviour of the bees at the entrance? Here’s a video that suggests you can. If the bees come out with their wings open then fly off, it means the colony is queenless but if their wings are closed the queen is there. The video evidence… Read more »

Skep making course

Willow basket making is known for its therapeutic value but I’m not sure the same can be said of straw!  I wasn’t the only one to be flat-out exhausted at the end of our day.  It didn’t help that my skep grew and grew like Jack’s bean stalk and as I looked around I could… Read more »