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Posts from the ‘In The Apiary’ Category

The Apis Blog Has Swarmed

The Apis Blog has swarmed. Which is to say that it has moved home onto our brand new website : www.bermondseystreetbees.co.uk. On the site, look in the top right corner for "Apis Blog". Please complete the "Subscribe" box on the right of the page to receive all our blog posts.

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Bee Garden Party

We're off to the Bee Garden Party at Marlborough House, London from 6pm on 1st July 2015. My Apis Bee Consultancy will be auctioning a full apiary site survey - a new and unique service, aimed at hotels and restaurants - in aid of Bees For Development.

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Swarm

It's the summer solstice. Today is the longest day of the year with 16 hours, 38 minutes and 19 seconds of daylight in London. It's also the day when Queen bees hit their peak daily laying rate of over 2,000 eggs a day. So it's a good time of year to consider the dark side of beekeeping: the swarm.

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In The Apiary : Mid June : Jet and Indigo

In life, as in beekeeping, when you collaborate with talented people, good things happen. When Hung (pronounced "Hoong") Quach approached me to propose an article about the Bermondsey Street Bees' rooftop apiary, in the "Locality" section of her Jet and Indigo blog, I was delighted to accept.

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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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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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Recipe For An Apiary

Here’s my recipe for making an excellent Apiary: First take a beekeeper. Then select a location. Prepare the ingredients. Mix well. Add a pinch of bees. Sprinkle in some seasoning. Et voilà - an Apiary !

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Box Of Tricks

Flow™ hive's marketing campaign portrays bees as a life-style accessory which can deliver honey at the turn of a tap. This is beyond responsible marketing and way beyond responsible beekeeping. Yet it has just raised USD12.2 million from over 36,530 funders.

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