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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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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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Deadly Manchineel

The red rings around the trunk of the manchineel tree stand out against the white sand as it slopes down to the Caribbean sea. The faded rings are an alert to sun-saturated holidaymakers that its shade should be avoided. Not for bees, though.

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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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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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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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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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BBC R4 “Saturday Live” Interview

Last Saturday, BBC Radio 4 joined me on my rooftop to meet the Bermondsey Street Bees. In case you missed it, this blog post has a link to the show. Open it and advance to 44 minutes and 20 seconds into the programme. That's the start of my slot. It was all great fun. I like radio. I'm told I have the perfect face for it.

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