November 28, 2019

For honeybees to make wax they have to raise the temperature in the hive from 33 to 36°C (91 to 97°F). They would need to consume eight pounds of honey to produce one pound of beeswax. To yield one pound of beeswax it is estimated that the bees would need to fly 150,00...

October 19, 2019

Woodpecker guards made for the extra colonies. 

March 20, 2019

The Honeybees are out today collecting pollen and nectar from Box (Buxus sempervirens). There are various colours of pollen they are bringing in today, yellow, grey and orange. As you can see in the photo's they have yellow pollen in the pollen baskets on their legs....

March 20, 2019

I have painted my nest box and it is now ready to be placed outside hoping to encourage a queen bumblebee to use it. I will update you in how it is going.

February 14, 2019

February 14th and what a lovely day. 

The birds were singing and the bees buzzing. The bees even found some pollen to bring in. 

January 21, 2019

During these winter months you need to keep a check on the hives, not only for damage caused by high winds, falling branches and woodpecker damage. But also the food stores, lift the hive gentle from behind to check to see if it feels light. During the cold weather of...

January 21, 2019

There are many winter jobs for a Beekeeper, but one of them is cleaning the wax you have collected through the year. There are many ways to do this if you search on line.  

Another job is to clean your equipment, smoker, queen excluders etc. 

You need to be rea...

September 21, 2018

Once you have taken the varroa treatment off the hives, now is the time to feed your bees, with some varroa treatments you cannot feed while this is on the hive .

For a winter feed you will need to mix 2 lb of sugar to 1 pint of water or buy a bee feed syrup. 

I pr...

July 19, 2018

Many parts of Britain have had very little rain and in this part of Oxfordshire we have not had any. There is very little flowering for the bees and the queens

have reduced their egg laying. The bees at the moment are taking pollen and nectar from Rosebay Willow Herb, a...