Author Archives: Paul

ONBG meeting, 1st April 2017 – an emergency cut-out

Ten of us gathered at Rachel’s home to rescue an endangered feral nest from the wall of a building about to be demolished, relocating it to her Warré hive. The bees had been living in a cavity behind a bricked-up … Continue reading

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Spreading the Bee Buzz #11 – Starting Beekeeping

The latest in our series on beekeeping for a village magazine – written for non-beekeepers, and to suit the broad range of ages and knowledge among the readers. Beginners usually spend some months reading, learning about different appraches, and training, … Continue reading

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ONBG meeting, 12 March 2017

A Newbee special We gathered at the Marsh Harrier pub in Oxford on a Sunday afternoon to discuss beekeeping with some interested “newbees” who were seriously considering keeping bees themselves. It’s remarkable how bees spark discussion: just carrying in a … Continue reading

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Beginners start here

The first OxNatBees meeting of 2017 will be at the Marsh Harrier Pub in Oxford at 2pm on Sunday 12th of March. The main focus will be on discussing plans for the coming year. There will also be some ‘pre-beginners’ who … Continue reading

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Angry bees

This article dispels the myth that our native black bees are inherently ‘bad’, i.e. overly-defensive, and instead sets out the real genetic basis of why crossing bee races, black or otherwise, can lead to hybrids which are predisposed to be … Continue reading

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Winter forage

After some frosty days, a warm sunny one yesterday and the bees were out harvesting any blossom. Snowdrops provide a source of pollen, needed for early brood raising. Today it’s chilly again and they’re all indoors. In winter, you take … Continue reading

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Calm bees

People sometimes ask, how can I keep my bees calm? Particularly when I open a hive? This post covers this aspect of beekeeping. The common theme is that the bees do not feel threatened.

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