Category Archives: Skeps

OxNatBees exhibit at RSA Motivate

Written by Alison OxNatBees was represented at RSA:Motivate, a gathering of community, citizenship and environmental activists, on Saturday 10 June at the Oxford Town Hall. Alison, Ann P and Paul set up the stall in the exuberantly baroque surroundings of … Continue reading

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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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Skep-making course

On Sunday four of us from our group joined others enrolled on a day course to learn skep-making – a traditional straw beehive either for keeping bees in or just for collecting swarms. Apparently the earliest known skep dates from Neolithic times! We … Continue reading

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ONBG meeting, 27th June 2015

Ten beekeepers from across four counties gathered at Chris Parks’ unique apiary at his home, the beautiful and peaceful Acorn Education grove near Swindon, to view his skeps and log hives, and discuss ancient and modern styles of beekeeping.

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Warm hives

Recently I went to a brilliant lecture organised by OBKA given by Derek & Elaine Mitchell, who have done some rigorous research into hive insulation and its effects. They have submitted their results for publication to the Journal of Apicultural … Continue reading

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ONBG visit to Hampshire Natural Bees group

On 3rd May, six of us from ONBG (Ann, Paul, Peter, Linda, Mandy, and Sarah) visited the Hampshire Natural Bees group at the kind invitation of John Haverson, to forge relationships and cross-pollinate ideas. The venue was Sturts Farm, a … Continue reading

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