Category Archives: Books

The ‘other’ bees: Steven Falk workshop

A few months ago, the news was filled with stories about intelligent bumblebees. New research showed that they could learn to pull strings and play football. As a ‘bee’ person I was interested, but I had a strange feeling that … Continue reading

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The Bee Meeting: North Tawton and South Leigh

In 1962 Sylvia Plath wrote The Bee Meeting, a poem in which she describes her experience of attending a meeting of beekeepers in North Tawton, a village in Devon. Last weekend, fifty-five years later, the Oxfordshire Natural Beekeeping Group gathered … Continue reading

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Two swarms in the same hive: an update

Last summer, I wrote about the arrival of two swarms into the same hive. A wild swarm had settled in the empty top-bar-hive in my garden, and a week later a second swarm moved in. The arrival of this second swarm … 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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Keeping bees in trees – new article, book and hive

The ancient art of tree-based beekeeping, whether that is in a hollow tree or in a log hive, is becoming more popular. This article in today’s Telegraph online newspaper gives a good basic introduction to the subject, talking with the … Continue reading

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Book review: Michael Bush on “organic” beekeeping and varroa control

The Practical Beekeeper – Beekeeping Naturally by Michael Bush The author runs 200 Langstroth and a few Top Bar hives in Nebraska and has become known as something of a guru in US circles, where he follows an “organic” beekeeping … Continue reading

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Book review: the Bad Beekeeper’s Club, by Bill Turnbull

Insights into conventional beekeeping Overall: readability 8/10, usefulness to natural beekeepers 2/10 – not recommended – but some interesting bits of info, abstracted below An account of how TV presenter Bill Turnbull took up the hobby of beekeeping and learnt … Continue reading

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