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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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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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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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So it turns out that Berlin is a city of Forget-me-nots for bees. And for Sarah and I, too. We certainly will not forget our visit to the Kreuzberg rooftops!

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Bee Craft : Forage Hangout


Foraging Beekeeper, Out & About

Thanks to James Dearsley at Bee Craft for hosting this on-line Google+ “Hang-out” on Forage and Natural Beekeeping tonight.

More on my Berlin trip later. It gave me exceptionally intriguing insights into another city’s beekeeping experience. Much more on Forage later, too. I’ve been out and about on that topic and have a real breakthrough. By beekeepers, for beekeepers. Yes, indeed!

But for now, here’s the Hang-Out….

Three Feet Or Three Miles

The golden rule of beekeeping is: “Three feet or three miles”. It sounds enigmatic until it is revealed as the shorthand version of an exhortation to the beekeeping faithful that: “Thou shalt not move a bee-hive more than three feet, nay, verily, nor less than three miles. No way. Or else". Here's why...

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Planting, Pugs And Politicians

I’m not superstitious. But whenever we convene to work on the edible planting/wildflower space in Leathermarket Gardens, it rains. Trundle a wheelbarrow onto the site and the heavens open. Uncanny. But last Sunday, we we also joined by Simon Hughes, Lib-Dem MP for Bermondsey and Old Southwark for the last 29 years.

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Top Ten Plants For Bees

Here's a simple "Top Ten" guide for practical, sustainable London planting for forage for honeybees.

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