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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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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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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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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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Beekeeping Made Simple

Simple steps to follow to become a Master Beekeeper. After all these years, I'm just happy to learn something new every day...

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Meet Betty

Betty is our beautiful new honeybee emblem. We commissioned her from one of Britain’s most celebrated illustrators, Chris Wormell. We gave Chris a tough brief: We wanted a linocut in the English Folk Art tradition, to underline the artisan nature of our honey. However it also had to be scientifically accurate…. on top of which we muttered something about the image having ‘personality'. All in all, quite a big ask for quite a small picture.

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10 Out Of 10

Sarah and I were delighted to receive a collection of wonderful bee-drawings made by the pupils of Orford CEVA Primary School, following our bee-education day in March. Here are some random samples of the art-work. We marked them all 10 out of 10!

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How Long Do Bees Live ?

It all depends. A typical beekeeperly answer. But everything really does depend on which month a bee is born in. A summer bee will have a short life-span, sometimes just six sun-kissed weeks. A winter bee, on the other hand, can live for six whole months ! Why the big difference ?

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Oyez, Oyez !

Tune into BBC Radio 4's "Saturday Live" from 9am - 10.30am on 4th April 2015 to hear all about the Bermondsey Street Bees. It's Abbey Hive's first inspection of the year - and we're shouting it from the rooftops!

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