Category Archives: Garden plants

Where are all the swarms this year?

The bees in this area have been acting very unusually this season: firstly high mortality at the end of winter, and now far fewer swarms than usual. We’ve been discussing this amongst ourselves and here are some preliminary conclusions. Advertisements

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ONBG meeting, 20th May 2018 – TBHs and tall tales

An anarchic group of beekeepers met on a very sunny day at Shadiya’s farm near Oxford to celebrate International Bee Day with a picnic and a peek at her Top Bar Hives. We began by discussing winter losses, which were … Continue reading

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Summer starvation warning

The National Bee Unit has just issued a starvation alert for parts of the UK. Here in Oxfordshire, we’ve had a great start to the year, the bees have boomed, hives were heavy with stores early in the year and … 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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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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ONBG visit to Rosybee Nurseries, 25th June 2016

On a typical English summers day (a bit wet) 24 of us converged on Rosybee Nurseries in south Oxfordshire to learn about their research on bee-friendly plants from proprietor – and beekeeper – Rosi Rollings. Her work covers aspects not … Continue reading

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Planting for Bees

Written by Caroline, posted on her behalf Summary of a talk given by Rosi Rollings, proprietor of Rosybee Nursery. Oxfordshire Beekeeping Association invited the local Natural Beeks to attend this talk, which took place in The Coachhouse, Quarry Road, Headington, … Continue reading

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