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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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We’re Back – With 2015’s Bermondsey Street Honey Offering….

And we’re off to a flying start with our new www.bermondseystreetbees.co.uk website. The Apis bee-blog and much more can be accessed through the site. And we’ve also been busy in the Press: see this profile in ES Lifestyle : Made in London. bit.ly/1LthskX

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Barbados Honey: Tasting At Sandy Lane

After meeting Sandy Lane's Executive Chef, Emmanuel Guémon, a plan took shape in my mind - I was determined to organise a first-ever Bajan honey tasting for Emmanuel and his brigade!

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Bret’s Bajan Bees

On a previous visit to Barbados, I had met Ben The Bajan Beekeeper. I subsequently received an invitation from one of Ben's fellow beekeepers, Bret Tujela, to visit his Bajan Bees when I was next on the island. Here's the story of Bret's Bajan Bees.

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The Sawh Dynasty

The Sawh Dynasty. Maff spotted the sign, on the outskirts of Bridgetown, Barbados: "Sawh's Bee Hiving Enterprise - we specialize in bee hive removal. 100% pure Honey. 100% pure Bajan." It was to lead to quite an adventure.

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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-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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