December 2010

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Well, our bees are certainly not flying much in this current bout of freezing weather – though only last week, with a temperature of 3° or 4° C, one of my hives was flying almost […]

November 2010

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Well, at last the autumn days are with us. The clocks have gone back and the trees are losing their leaves more rapidly each day, though the temperatures are still relatively high for this time […]

October 2010

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At long last, the ivy honey flow has started, in some areas near the coast round about the beginning of September. This was after about 3 to 4 weeks of absolute nectar dearth such that […]

September 2010

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Well, the honey crops should all have been removed by now and treatment of the bees for Varroa – the parasitic mite that can kill bees in 2 to 3 years if left unattended – […]

August 2010

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August, unlike July, can be a busy month for beekeepers. Generally, the bees no longer want to swarm (unless they are kept really short of space). The queen’s laying rate is reducing (releasing storage space […]

July 2010

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This month is often a quiet month for beekeepers because the bees are busy bringing in nectar by the bucket load and, if there is enough space in the hive to store it all, there […]

June 2010

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It is now the end of May as I write this and all my colonies, such a short time ago advanced or behind in their development just like our garden plants, have all virtually caught […]

May 2010

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At long last, it has been warm enough (at times) for me to be able to open up my hives to check what is happening inside. All colonies bar one had plenty of stores, gathered […]

April 2010

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Well, after last month’s report I thought we would now be well into the flying season, but the weather has let us down yet again. Whilst we have had some good flying days, too often […]

March 2010

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Well, things have moved on a little since my last report. We have had some warmer days, with temperatures up to 10 degrees on the warmest. This encourages the bees to loosen their previously tight […]