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Spreading the Bee Buzz #8 – Apis, Bombus, and many more

The latest in our series on beekeeping for a village magazine – written for non-beekeepers, and to suit the broad range of ages and knowledge among the readers. The poor spring seems to have both delayed and reduced the number … Continue reading

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My first fortnight of beekeeping (and the two-swarm, one-hive mystery)

I had only half-believed that it was possible to attract a swarm. I knew about it in theory, but it just seemed so unlikely that a swarm of bees, with a whole world of hollow-trees and unsealed roof-spaces to call … Continue reading

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Catching a swarm

morning – I have aswarm in my garden & am trying to catch it – but need some advice…. – they have gathered at chest height in a bush.  Ive put an upside down bucket over the top of the … Continue reading

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ONBG meeting & apiary visit, 15th May 2016

14 of us met on a lovely late spring day at Carolyn’s home apiary in Fringford. We started as usual by sitting in a ring and introducing ourselves, our experience and where we live – this latter helps people link … Continue reading

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Spreading the Bee Buzz #7 – Swarming season

The latest in our series on beekeeping for a village magazine – written for non-beekeepers, and to suit the broad range of ages and knowledge among the readers. Swarming season is coming I was down the allotments the other day, … Continue reading

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Making a shook swarm

Although natural beeks employ a low intervention approach, there can come times when some direct intervention may be appropriate. I do not use miticides, rather allowing the colonies to utilise natural selection to find those that have the right behaviours … Continue reading

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ONBG meeting, 26th May 2015

A dozen folk gathered after work at Helen J’s to inspect her TBH, discuss swarms and meet other natural beekeepers. The meeting kicked off with a demonstration of how to get a loose swarm into a box for hiving, then … Continue reading

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