Category Archives: Local lore

Storms, swarms and ox-born bees

Oxford: the day after Storm Ophelia. I was walking home through the suburbs, and looking for bees. A beekeeper in Liverpool had reported an October swarm, possibly brought on by the unusual weather, so I was watching for swarm-scouts, or for … 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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Racial profiling of North Oxfordshire mongrels

Like many natural beekeepers, I am interested in having locally adapted bees, especially tough “survivor stock” from unmanaged feral colonies which thrive without treatments for varroa mites. In observing my several swarm-caught colonies, all gathered ‘locally’, I have always wondered … Continue reading

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Bee keeping in Guatemala

While trawling through the latest Permaculture Institute of Australia newsletter I came across an entertaining article on beekeeping in Guatemala. The location is a bit unique but besides that it would appear that they suffer with similar problems to us … Continue reading

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Bee status – local and American; and a useful beekeeping forum

While others seem to be seeing swarms, none have dropped by our own attractively scented and desirable bait hive yet. Perhaps we should advertise it on Zoopla. Indeed, the only “bee action” outside our hive I’ve been involved in, is … Continue reading

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First flying day of the year

Feb 14th, north Oxfordshire. Our village is in a gentle valley which acts as a bit of a frost pocket – generally colder and damper than south Oxfordshire. Today, the sun shone brightly, there was no wind or rain, the … Continue reading

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Microclimate report

North Oxfordshire: Today our ivy has begun flowering and is suddenly humming with insects. Flies, hoverflies, things that might be bees but don’t look quite right(?). Wasn’t like this a couple of days ago on our last sunny day – … Continue reading

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