28 May 2014

St Ermin's

St Ermin's Hotel is offering beekeeping courses, The two-and-a-half-hour sessions cost £25 per person and include a complimentary cocktail at the hotel’s Caxton Bar. 

"The terrace is dotted with wildflowers and bee-friendly plants and is already home to four hives, which house a thriving resident colony of 300,000 Buckfast honey bees."

Available dates include September 13, 16 and 20. Visit www.sterminshotel.co.uk/special-offers/st-ermins-beekeeping-courses to book.


Purple hives. Eh? 

27 May 2014

23 May 2014


I like this. I might get one. Donkey, that is.


From The Daily Mail online, where else? 

20 May 2014

Controlled, randomized

Mirabile dictu, the much-needed extra supers are now on both colonies.

One hive now has (from the bottom up) Brood/Super, QE, Super/Super/Super, and the other is the same except no Queen Excluder.

It's part of my plan to see whether a QE helps or hinders colony development, in a controlled randomized double-blind trial. See diagram (1). Or it could be that I forgot to bring it.

Diagram (1): Pretty much says it all, I feel. 

19 May 2014


The weather has brightened up and both hives are overflowing with bees and honey... do I have any spare supers to plonk on top?

Of course not. Let's hope Thornes do their stuff... sooner rather than later.

11 May 2014

Shaken, not stirred

My first attempt at a shook swarm is going well, in a no-idea-if-it-is-working way.

Forget the textbook steps (assuming, that is, you know them to forget them). I now have two colonies, one queened and one queenless.

If I am successful, the credit is mine; if not, I blame the bees. (I should be in management, eh?)