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Bees in trees

We were inspired by our visit to Pertwood farm and their support of a traditional honey bee lifestyle. (see here). After reading Jonathan Powell’s guide to tree bee keeping (get here) we thought that Oxfordshire could also host some of this practice. But … Continue reading

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Bees nest in a tree (not quite)

The picture shows an apple tree in the garden next door. Faith spotted the comb after the leaves came down in Autumn 2016. In between seeing it and taking this photo something has been munching the edges somewhat; it was … Continue reading

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Warre hive modification

Following on from the July visit to Gareth’s apiary, has anyone modified their hives? There are 3 stages: add some legs move the entrance up above the lower box add some extra insulation

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Pertwood farm visit, 13th August 2016

Eight of the ONBG headed to Wiltshire to visit the first tree hive to be setup in the UK. This is at Pertwood farm, a source of excellent muesli. Lower Pertwood Farm is a 2,100 acre farm that has been organic for … Continue reading

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ONBG meeting, 25th August 2015

10 people came to Brian & Faith’s place in Summertown Main topics covered: Autumn prep, feeding, honey, wax, wasps and badgers Desensitisation courses and stings. 2 or 3 of those present are on, or have completed a desensitisation course; results … Continue reading

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Bees adapting to spaces

Problem – our new swarm had lost its queen Solution – Peter  gave us a thriving swarm of his Botley bees Problem – they came in a single box approximately Warré width and length but 250 mm deep. My boxes are … Continue reading

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