Of skeps and alvearies

Willow skep or alveary

I’ve mentioned before that I am no woodworker and because hands off beekeeping is so much about creating a good home will the bees it has been a little disempowering.  In the garden at work is a fair amount of willow and running the place on a shoestring means looking to maximize every resource available…. Read more »

Varroa resistance


Below is an article about how a beekeeper decided not to treat for Varroa in the hope that his bees would develop resistance to it.  It is encouraging although the method of breeding new bees from those with resistance is not for me. _Bleasdale 2014 We Can Breed Bees Resistant to Varroa

Bee brick

Red mason bee

Bee brick by Green & Blue I’ve recently taken to Twitter, something I tried before but was unable to say anything meaningful in so few words.  I still don’t but I do find other people passing on interesting things that I wouldn’t otherwise have heard of.  This week I saw strange Yemeni trees and heard… Read more »

Honey bee plants for acid soils

Devil's bit scabious

Below is a list of honey bee plants that do well on acid soils. Trees and shrubs Acers   All acers produce pollen but some won’t produce nectar in the UK.  Flowering time is generally April to May. Bilberry or whortleberry Vaccinum myrtillus.  Produces nectar and pollen in April, May and June.  Related to the American… Read more »

Pollen guides

Here are some suggestions for information on pollen guides Images of pollen up-close Click on guide to pollen colour from Sheffield Beekeepers Reference: A Colour Guide to Pollen Loads of the Honeybee by W.D. Kirk