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Relaxation Therapy

Here’s a soothing duet of bees and birdsong from a Suffolk garden. Well, more bees than birdsong, really. But if you like bees, you'll find it deeply relaxing !

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Bees & Pesticides: An Open Letter

James Simison, family friend and Risk Management Surveyor at Sunderland Marine, asked a very pertinent question about pesticides. A little later, Sheila, James's mother and an eminent solicitor, e-mailed me on the subject of pesticides and bees. No doubt that it was time for an Apis open letter on this very important subject!

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In the Apiary : Mid-May : An Inspector Calls…

At 5.31pm precisely the doorbell rang. It was the Seasonal Bee Inspector for the South London, Brian McCallum. This was my first visit from an inspector. Or, as I like to look at it, the first time I have been offered a free beekeeping lesson from Her Majesty's Government.

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Leathermarket Gardens : One Year On

Last weekend, we witnessed a minor metrological miracle. For once, the rain held off when we went in to weed and plant our patch of fruiting trees and bushes, herbs and wildflowers in Leathermarket Gardens. It's good to see the plants getting their feet down and fruiting copiously, now that the blossom has almost gone - a sure sign that the Bermondsey Street pollination brigade has been on the wing ! That's what it's all about, after all.

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Risk Assessment

I have just finished writing a 15-page Risk Assessment for an Apiary. Yet I pay just under £10 a year to insure my own hives (the cover is £10 million Public Liability and £2 million Professional Indemnity). In the real world of Insurance, at least, beekeeping is a reassuringly low-risk activity.

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Greenwood Theatre Pocket Park

I often encounter pessimism about the future of bee-friendly forage in London. But small, determined projects can act to roll back the defeatism. Like the new Greenwood Theatre Pocket Park.

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CSI Pollen

The Bermondsey Street Bees are participating in the COLOSS CSI Pollen study, which covers 18 European countries, working with Norman Carreck of the University of Sussex. This is an important adjunct to our own work on forage (watch this space!).

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