30 December 2017

Mellifera or Bombis in trouble?


19 December 2017

Normal for Suffolk?


Rivers across the country are "chronically polluted" with pesticides believed to pose a threat to bee populations, a report has found.
The River Waveney on the Norfolk/Suffolk border was found to have the highest levels of neonicotinoids in the UK.
The River Wensum in Norwich, and the River Tame in the West Midlands were also named among the most polluted.
According to figures from UK monitoring data by the European Environment Agency, 88% of sites in Britain were contaminated with neonicotinoids.

12 October 2017

Mumbai's lone beekeeper?

Quite an old post, from 2015, on the Sunday Farmer blog. I shall be in Mumbai, and if I have the opportunity will check on the veracity of his lonesomeness.


07 October 2017

Neonics News

As reported by the BBC
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-41512791, and you can find the original article here: http://science.sciencemag.org/content/358/6359/109

An Inspector Calls

European Foul Brood was discovered in an apiary less than 3 km from our location. The Bee Inspector gave us the all-clear at Cannizaro Park, adding, ominously, that it was not "if" but "when" EFB arrives in our colonies...

Image credit By Source, Fair use, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?curid=24920366

01 October 2017

As usual, I fail to rest my case


Completely ineffectual

This year I have been keeping my bees without a Queen excluder. The result is that all the bees are living in the top of the hives and the brood box down below is almost empty. With far more bees in each hive than expected at this time of year, I have not taken off the supers. What next?

26 September 2017

Famous beekeepers that don't keep bees

The Guardian online shows an article from 2014 entitled

The 10 best famous beekeepers

(Does that headline even make sense?)

Anyway, continuing The Guardian's high tradition of idiocy, the first line of the article comments on Vince Cable: "The business secretary and Liberal Democrat politician doesn’t keep bees."

If you'd like to read more about 'best famous beekeepers' that don't keep bees, here's the link: https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2014/jul/04/the-10-best-famous-beekeepers

25 September 2017

Saving the bees with big data

Saving the bees with big data

Saving The Bees with Big Data and RFID Tags
By Dean Evans, Technology Writer
It is estimated that the annual global crop pollination by bees is worth a staggering £138bn, but bee numbers are in decline. Data analysis is being used to discover why, but how do you track something as small as a bee?