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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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A Bee-ientôt !

We've got the builders out. And we're very excited! Our fantastic new Bermondsey Street Bees website is at www.bermondseystreetbees.co,uk . The Apis blog has been integrated into our new website. Contact us on: kkeeper@bermondseystreetbees.co.uk or 07876 790 689.

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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 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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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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